Storming on a Friday Night

September 01, 2018  •  13 Comments

With my raincoat in one hand and my camera in the other, I walked out under cloudy skies and caught the stormy action that unfolded around me.


Mia's tree stood stark and defiant against the threatening clouds.


Walls of rain blew in from the west.


Lighting and thunder shook the world below.


Lighting revealed a spout of rain.


Hairline fracture in the sky.


Another strike showed the spout looking more like a funnel cloud.



Lightning cut through cloudbursts like illuminated tornados.



Thank you very much for the useful technical information, Tim. I'm going to keep this in mind for the next thunderstorm...
T & L Photos
Thanks, Harry!
I like the lighting :-)
T & L Photos
Thanks, Herman. These are all hand held. I tripped the shutter the instance I saw a flash, and either got a bolt that followed the initial bolt or the bolt lasted long enough for the exposure to catch it. Normally when I shoot lightning, I have the camera on a tripod, I stop down the lens to ƒ/16, open the shutter on bulb until I see a flash or two and then close the shutter. I have also set the camera on top of the car and used the bulb setting, as well. This was the first time I got lightning hand held trying to sync with the lightning strikes. It took a lot of patience and I stood with my camera to my eye for a long time.
Wow! Thanks for another impressive and beautiful post, Tim. I've been trying to photograph a lightning bolt for years but no success so far...
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