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The Making of “Summer Storm” by Cheryl Eagers

Overlooking the suburb of Lambert Beach on Slade Point in Mackay, this stunning shot brings together the wonder and excitement we get to experience here in Australia during November.

The beautiful sunset vantage was quickly overtaken by a fast-approaching storm. Wonderful orange hues are juxtaposed by the violet greys across the clouds. This, of course, is all momentarily suspended by the spectacular lightning display.

Captured right as the rippling electricity made its way down to the ground and across the sky, the picture showcases both the beauty and magnificence of the Australian skyline. Underneath this beauty lies an almost foreboding sense of power. The momentary flash helps to usher in a wonderful sense of change throughout the region.


Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm Manual Settings:
  • Aperture: f/11
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter Speed: 0.6 sec
  • Tripod Used: Yes
  • Flash Used: No
  • Metering: Spot Metering

About the Experience

Alongside David Phillips, we headed out just in time to witness this remarkable storm rolling in. I slipped and tripped on rocks in the early evening darkness caused by this fast-moving November storm.

I found my vantage point on top of the Lamberts Beach Lookout. The clouds were just awesome amongst the setting sun, creating a wonderful spectrum of darkness and light.

My Thoughts

Believe it or not, I was actually more interested in photographing the clouds than the storm! Pointing the camera to the direction of the sunset and the approaching storm, I was crouched down, covered by my raincoat with my umbrella fighting against the increasing wind.

As the storm moved closer, I began to feel increasingly frightened by its sheer power occurring before my eyes. Nevertheless, I stayed the course and kept taking photos to capture this amazing lightning strike. While David unfortunately missed the moment, I was lucky enough to capture this wonderful shot!

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Cherish Artz Photographic Artistry has an expansive range of wonderful natural shots available to buy. From beautiful prints to distinctive wall hangings, photographs from both myself and David Phillips showcase all the wonder and awe our natural world brings us.

If you’d like to order ‘Summer Storm’ – or any of our other natural and portrait photography, please contact us today to learn more about what’s available. You’re sure to find just the right shot perfect for your home, office or anywhere in between.