October 24, 2020

Try and Keep Up!

Creativity Taken Seriously!

Lighting tree Fact Fiction

As per the artist himself

The original photo was posted to flickr on March 20th, 2010. It is not real, it’s a composite of two photographs: One is mine “Darren Pearson” (a photo of a tree taken at the Presidio in San Diego, CA) and the other is from the NOAA webpage:

My image is a long exposure, 619 seconds, taken at night. During this time, I used ‘el wire’ to create the blue smoke-looking effect, and a color-gelled spotlight to give the tree a pink glow.

The lightning bolt was an idea that my roommate Joey (also a photographer/filmmaker) had while I was processing the photo. He mentioned, “You know what would be incredible? A lightning bolt striking the tree!” I was amused by this idea, and added in the lightning, which I thought looked awesome!

I never intended it to be taken for a real photo of lightning striking a tree. It was meant to be an artistic expression, but turned into an internet misinformation fiasco. (An interview with the artist – Darren Pearson)

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