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Τετάρτη, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Photographer captures lightning strike on world’s tallest building

Photo: Mohammad Azmi/Caters News

Talk about an electrifying sight.
Photographer Mohammad Azmi put his life on the line last week, braving a treacherous thunderstorm in Dubai in order to capture the moment lightning struck the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.

“I was very nervous and scared as there was a high chance [of] getting struck by lightning as I was exposed on the rooftop,” the 29-year-old tells Caters News Agency. “But I was determined to take a lightning shot, as I have been trying to take it for the last two years, so I was very determined.”
Standing on the rooftop of a 56-story building opposite the global landmark for two hours, Azmi admits that out of the nearly 400 photographs he took, only one frame caught the moment of lightning hitting the tower.
“The weather channels have warned us that it was going to be really bad weather [starting in the] afternoon with some hail and lightning,” he said. “It’s only happened twice in the last two years, so I had all my gear ready to go — I had planned this for a long time.”
As for the amateur photographers looking to follow in his death-defying footsteps, Azmi advises against shooting in hurricane-like weather.
“I would not recommend people trying going to a rooftop when there is a thunderstorm to capture it,” Azmi cautions. “There were a few instances where I actually felt the electric sensation when the lightning passed near to the tower.”
“If you want to shoot the phenomena, just [make] sure you are at a safe location,” he adds.


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