Which is more frightening seeing a flash of lightning or hearing crashing thunder?
Well, I'm not frightened of either. I can understand though why people would be frightened of thunder because it's so loud. I do like watching lightening though, although it's that that does the real damage.
Hah! It depends! I do lightning images and when it is real close the thunder sounds like a shotgun (no echo). It felt like it was right behind me. I was already holding my dog wrapped in a jacket because he was shaking and when I saw the bright flash I knew it was going to be close and held him tight and trying to cover his ears. My ears hurt.
So I LOVE lightning, the sound of air rushing in to the void of empty space that has just been vaporized is scarier. I got some pics but the one here was about 3 miles away so not so loud.
About 3 PM, 3 cells merging into one @ .3 sec, 100ISO F38 July 18, 2017
Got my Pink Sunset Fat Rainbow Lightning strike @
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Easier to take images darker at night so can elongate the exposure time. Since I have a rolling shutter sensor on my Sony A58, getting frame shots from a video only gets partial piece of the bolt. So like to have it at 3 secs or more. But then it's has to 'think' for 3 seconds and probably miss a good shot. It's point and pray for me and have it on remote trigger continuous on.
I love both. I like seeing a good big flash of lightning and then counting until I hear the thunder to see how far away it is. Then repeating and seeing if the storm is moving closer or moving away.
Weather fascinates me.
Both are fascinating, happening unexpectedly and fast, surprise is delightful rather than frightening. As a teen-ager once I was less then fifty feet from a thunder, felt little bit shuddered and privileged of phenomena not many had experienced.
Cool stuff here, I sure like all the answers. I grew up in a high desert. Although hard thunderstorms can wreak havoc with flash floods they are always welcome for the rain. The floods also take fertile top soil from up high and deposit it in our lower lying riparian zones which is good. Also living up high where elevations can change 3,000 ft in just 30 miles sometimes we could literally see the lightening 100 miles away.
So I grew up not just not afraid of thunderstorms but welcoming them. Entertainment for sure. But also just a good feeling that there will not be a drought with fire danger looming and that there will be water to make things grow and to drink.
As a child lightning always seemed like a free fireworks show. However loud booming thunder sounded like the roar of God.
The combination of both felt like the world was coming to an end! As an adult I get some of my (best sleep) during nights with thunderstorms. The next day the sun always seems brighter, grass is greener, and the flowers are more vibrant.
There's a strange peace while the bird chirp as if it were a dream.
The only thing that is freighting about thunderstorms for most adults is the loss of power in their home for an extended period or a tree falling on their home or car along with traffic issues.
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