Lighting Strike on Statue of Liberty Captured in Amazing Photo

Jay Fine, Caters

A New York photographer has captured an amazing image of the Statue of Liberty being struck by a lightning bolt, though it didn't come easy.

Jay Fine spent nearly two hours poised with his camera in Battery Park City in Manhattan, and took more than 80 other shots before hitting the jackpot with his striking image (pictured below).

But for Fine, 58, the photo has actually been a lifetime pursuit, so much so that he was actually kind of shocked himself when he viewed the photograph.

"It was pure luck really, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's the first photograph of its kind I have ever seen," Fine says.

Jay Fine, Caters

The payoff came at 8:45 p.m. on September 22.

"I had been watching weather reports so I knew a storm was coming and it just seemed like a great opportunity," he says.

Fine says he was outside during some of the storm -- which had lightning but no rain and little wind -- but he was actually indoors when he captured the key photo of the strike on the iconic statue.

"My house faces the harbor which is really handy and during some of the night I simply sat at my window," he says. "I just can't believe my luck."

Lady Liberty is thought to be hit by about 600 bolts of lightning every year. The statue is made up of enormous copper plates and is 305-foot-tall.

For the stunning shot, Fine says he used a tripod mounted Nikon D300S.

Lightening Strike Statue of Liberty

Jay Fine, Caters

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