Incredible pictures of Johannesburg lit up in dramatic electrical storm

These are the incredible pictures of Johannesburg lit up in a dramatic electrical storm.

The jaw-dropping images were taken over Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, and show the night sky distorted in a spectacular blend of blue, black and purple.

Lightning storm at Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa

Lightning storm at Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa

The heavy lightning storm was snapped on Saturday December 26 by Alexius van der Westhuizen, a 47-year-old real estate agent local to the area.

Alexius said: “It was amazing to witness.

“As spectacular as the storm was, I didn’t feel any danger here as I was standing on the parking area of a local shopping mall.

“Obviously there was some danger involved but I eliminated that by photographing only when the lightning is at a distance from where I’m standing.

Lightning storm at Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa

Lightning storm at Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa

“I was excited because I’d previously taken photos from this exact vantage point in the same direction.

“To return to a previous hunting ground and catch strikes in the same place, but in different shapes, was incredibly rewarding.”

Alexius was able to adapt to the extreme conditions he faced with a combination of skill, bravery and use of the correct equipment.

He said: “The difficulties I faced were because I used my 50mm prime lens instead of a wider angle zoom that I left at home in my hurry to get to the storm.

Lightning storm at Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa

Lightning storm at Oakdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa

“This prevented me from getting wider angles and also missing quite a lot of strikes seeing that the strikes moved from the left to the right out of my viewing angle.

“I had to change my angles on several occasions as the direction of the strikes changed but it was worth it in the end.”

The storm lasted from 19:30 to 21:04 and these photographs were put together from 39 exposures.