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    Posted July 4, 2014 by
    jersey city, New Jersey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Summer skies around the globe

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    I haven't done lightning photography but had good idea how to capture it. My only concern is the safety. I went out to Exchange Place with fellow photographer Jennifer Khordi and Gary Feng on a thunderstorm forecast. Our mission was to capture lightning streak over One World Trade Center.

    On the road near Jersey City we can already see clouds hovering near New York. We all get so excited to see the cloud formation.

    Once we arrived the spot, I grab the camera and tried to check which lens is good to use and composition considering I'm new to the place. While I was checking the focal length and composition, we can see clouds getting darker. So I put on my rain jacket and as well my DSLR rain sleeves.

    Now the wait, as dark clouds hovering New York I was able to get some series of shots but no lightning yet. In just few minutes heavy rain started to pour. We took cover to a shelter nearby.

    We all waited at the shelter until the rain stops. As the rain stops, I thought I will just shoot from the shelter for safety. I use intervalometer to get series of shots. There were lots of lightning strikes but it was on the side, not on the One World Trade Tower. It was tempting to move and recomposed on the side but I was determined to get a shot for One World Trade Tower. So I still stayed and continued series of shots until it hits....

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