Kapow! Bedford photographer captures bizarre weather mix over town

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Lightning and rainbow over Bedford. Image-Daniel Churchill, 20 July 2021
Lightning and rainbow over Bedford (see the full image below). Image-Daniel Churchill, 20 July 2021

A Bedford photographer has captured an incredible mix of lightning, dark clouds, sunshine and a rainbow in the skies over the Borough last night (Tuesday).

Daniel Churchill, who shares his photography work on his Instagram account @DanielDChurchill took the photo around 8:30 pm from an upstairs window near Goldington Road.

Watching the storm roll in, he used a website to track its direction and intensity. Once he realised that there was a chance of a rainbow he set his iPhone up on the windowsill and started filming.

While pleased with the result he says it was down to “a bit of luck”.

Lightning and rainbow over Bedford. Image-Daniel Churchill, 20 July 2021
Lightning and rainbow over Bedford. Image-Daniel Churchill, 20 July 2021

“When the sun broke through the clouds, the rainbow formed on cue. I simply popped my iPhone on the windowsill pointed at one half of the arch, and recorded the video, 30 seconds later, lightning struck.”

Daniel used 2x magnification, locked infinite focus and reduced exposure for filming.

To get the photo, I extracted 10 frames of the video (like hitting pause at the right moment) and layered them in GIMP.

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