It could very well be the picture seen around the world.
"It was exciting to see something of mine that blew up that much," aerial photographer Camera Brooks said.
On March 5, 2012, Brooks captured a shot of Honolulu during one of the most memorable thunderstorms in Hawaii in recent years.
"It was a 30-second exposure and at the end of the 30 seconds, 28, 29, bam! And then all the sudden it was the biggest flash you've ever seen," Brooks said.
The Punahou graduate's lightning cityscape image taken from the Marco Polo building was shared thousands of times on the internet.
"In that one shot, you had buildings that go from Waikiki all the way to Downtown Honolulu. That was the first viral picture that I had on Facebook," Brooks said.
"So the picture went from Oahu to France and back to Oahu," Brooks said.
With no formal photography training and very little photo enhancing, Brooks says he was inspired by his father who works as a location scout for television shows and learned the ropes of photography while assisting a wedding photographer part time.
"After a while, I decided that airplanes weren't really the way to go. Helicopters are where [it's] at. That's how you get the best, widest shot," Brooks said.
At a rate starting at $750 an hour for helicopter usage, the 30 year old has major overhead and has launched a Kickstarter to kick his goals into gear.
"This Kickstarter campaign is to continue my aerial photography campaign throughout all the neighbor islands," Brooks said.
Kickstarter is the world's largest-crowd funding platform for creative projects and people hoping to bring their endeavors to life. Backers who lend their support will receive monthly image email updates all the way up to a personal guided helicopter flight with images.
"I really want to do this full time and I can't think of any other job. I've never actually had a normal day job. And this is my passion and hopefully these pictures are going to be everywhere," Brooks said.
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