Electrical storm lights up Spinnaker Tower in style

The Friday nights sky is lit up by a dramatic lightning storm, pictured as it makes its way over Portsmouth, viewed from Gosport''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132165-1)
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THIS spectacular image of lightning bolts lighting up the sky was captured during an incredible electrical storm.

News photographer Paul Jacobs snapped the picture from Gosport Harbour, just before 11pm.

It is perfectly framed by the Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf’s Lipstick Tower.

At the same time Paula Brown snapped the picture, inset, of the sky lit up purple.

The 44-year-old mum-of-four, from Anson Grove, Portchester, said: ‘I was standing on my patio when I managed to get it.

‘I kept clicking away every time the sky went white and on the last click I got this.

‘I love storms. The best are the ones that come from the south and you can watch them coming towards you.’

Photographer Paul has given some advice on capturing lightning shots.

He said: ‘The key accessory is a good tripod. Avoid extending the legs fully, aim to have the camera at half to two thirds height to minimise vibration from the rain and wind. Vibration will cause fuzzy pictures.

‘Have a rain cover to cover your camera. A bit of rain in the camera or lens could be costly.

‘Expose for about six to 10 seconds depending on available light conditions and alter the aperture accordingly.

‘Prefocus on a point in the distance and shoot quite wide as you can’t predict where the lightening will strike.’

To buy the Spinnaker Tower photo go to our online picture sales website portsmouth.co.uk/pictures