Gigapixel photos and lightning photos are generally created two different ways. One requires a mosaic of photos stitched together, and the other is usually a wide-angle view that’s exposed at the moment of a lightning strike. That’s what makes photographer Dan Piech’s image “The Hand of Zeus” so amazing: it’s a 5.449-gigapixel photo of a lightning strike in New York City.
Piech was photographing during a thunderstorm on July 25th, 2016, when an enormous flash of lightning lit up the sky and the Hudson River. Luckily for Piech, his Canon 5DS DSLR and 24mm lens were set up to capture the moment with continuous 10-second exposures. This amazing photo is what resulted: