When lightning strikes (twice), a photographer is ready

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Sometimes, a photographer goes out in search of a good photo–and, because of unforeseen circumstances, he comes back with a great photo, one that gets displayed all over the world.

And so it was last night as Tribune photographer Chris Sweda headed to the John Hancock Center skydeck to snap a few shots of the official debut of the Trump Tower spire–and a supercharged storm broke over Chicago.

Chris got the assigned shots as the spire turned from red to blue to white (below), but he got something much more powerful: A rare shot of lightning bolts simultaneously striking the Trump Tower and the Willis Tower (above).

The Associated Press has transmitted the shot worldwide and the Daily Mail of London has already picked it up. “Stunning images,” says the Mail.

Kudos to Chris for getting exactly the right angle and for pressing the button at exactly the right moment. He was equally skillful in capturing the aftermath of the storm as the sky and the skyline faded to a golden glow.

Oh, by the way, the Trump spire (a visual flop by day) looks pretty spiffy by night.

(Tribune photos by Chris Sweda)

For more Tribune storm photos, click here.

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http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2010/06/sometimes-a-photographer-goes-out-in-search-of-a-good-photo–and-because-of-unforseen-circumstances-comes-back-with-a-gre.html

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