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This is a photo that I have imagined and wanted for a very long time. This old tree is visible when you're headed south across the Howard Frankland Bridge on i-275 in Tampa. Every time I've driven past it, I've thought about how awesome of a shot it could make.

Truth is, you have to park on the bridge (not really supposed to do that unless it's an emergency) and then leave your car and walk a little bit (not really supposed to leave your car on the bridge unless you have a good reason). I really wasn't nervous about any of that though. There was quite a storm in the area and I figured anybody who saw me with my camera would think it was worth it, and not go through the trouble of stopping me. I had seen all sorts of lightning in the area, but wasn't too worried because I didn't think I'd be int the water, and there were all sorts of lightpoles on the bridge that should attract the lightning more than I would. But, things always look different from the highway than the actually are. I ended up about knee deep carrying my shoes, camera and tripod around water and rocks trying to get to the best spot and hoping lightning wouldn't strike the water anywhere around me. It didn't!

This is a 30 second long exposure taken at F13. And, I used a B+W ND110 to slow things down a little bit.

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