There are devices one can buy to facilitate photographing lightning. They are expensive. I have often tried my luck testing my reflexes against the speed of light.
It’s odd, don’t you know. Lightning appears to linger up there for a sufficiently long amount of time to make capturing it on film a seemingly easy task. Trickery! It’s actually quite fast.
Last month we had a number of fast-moving and powerful storms swing through. This is what the sky looked like on June 16th. The panorama spans from looking directly West to looking directly North. The photos were taken from my deck.
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I think storm clouds lend themselves to B&W treatments . . .
Perhaps more than one B&W treatment . . .
Anyway, as the fast-moving storm approached I tried capturing some of the frequent lightning . . . and for the first time in my life, I succeeded.
Here is the three frames burst spanning less than a half a second.
It would have been more dramatic had not the sun been shining behind the clouds. Nonetheless, I am happy with what I got.
Ninety seconds later the storm was upon us, big drops slamming into the house. One last shot looking up (the corner of the roof is visible on the upper left of the frame) and in I went.
I processed this last photo in B&W because it was mostly that anyway . . . and then I went back and reprocessed the three frames with the lightning in B&W.
It may just be my imagination, but I think the B&W shows off the bolt a bit better than the color version.
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