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When Lightning Strikes

©LS1First flash I’ve captured. Loud claps and stuffy air. Staticky power lines, with echoes booming between boxcars. I was pretty fortunate, better yet privileged, in dodging a wall of showers nearby.

©LS2This was what I saw it before it saw me. Sure, timing plays a role. But it’s the knowing with doses of confidence, and those ingredients coupled with the elements made me a very happy guy. My first real thought, “Only if this was the farm truck. Zane would love it.”

©LS3When my shutter opened, I turned my head. A bright flash brought me back around. I was going to delete it, but decided against.

©LS6Moving the frame in time for flash and crack against humidity.

LS4This wasn’t entirely planned. It’s a little fuzzy, however I kept it.

LS5Totally went that route. B&W. This was also a toss up.

Posted by idigphotography on August 1, 2014
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. 08/1/2014
    Tom

    Nice

  2. 08/1/2014

    Good stuff! I love the purple in the sky of the first shot.

  3. 08/1/2014

    Thanks. My first attempt at lightning. It was pretty fun. Lots of adrenaline!

  4. 08/1/2014

    What settings did you use here?

  5. 08/2/2014

    Manual mode, set in F/4 for 30.” After a strike, I would turn my camera off so I wouldn’t over expose with the strike. F/7 was appropriate for a couple shots, as not to over expose. These were taken after midnight, with a light rain fall. I had a tripod set up, and if you notice I didn’t tilt my camera up at all. Otherwise, rain on the lens! Most were taken at 24mm. I was using my 24-105mm lens.

    Have a great day!

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