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Strike One

Strike One

It was a calm day without any storm forecasted, I was already at my cabin getting ready for dinner when I suddenly saw bolts of light at the horizonĀ  from the window and the race started. I put a 17-40 lens on my camera, set the camera on the tripod, pre focus to infinity and then raced to the beach just 400 meters away from my cabin. All the shots were taken with a Canon 5DII and a 17-40mm lens at F4, ISO400 and 30 second exposures using a remote release.

Strike Two

Strike Two

I started to “hunt” for lightning taking 30 second exposures aiming the camera at a random direction, after the first lightning I was surprised to discover I was just under a very interesting super-cell type cloud. I just didn’t see it before because it was too dark!. The first shot was a nice bolt in the middle of the frame. The second one was very big andĀ  just too close!

Strike Three

Strike Three

I kept shooting trying to see If I could get several bolts of lightning in the same frame. Photographing lightning is a little random, you just aim the camera at the storm and fire long exposures hoping to hunt something good, I was lucky to get several good frames from this storm. But in the middle of the shooting what I didn’t notice was that the storm was coming directly towards me.

Bolt & Arc

Bolt & Arc

Once I realized the storm was coming I noted I was standing right next to a big metal tripod in the middle of a desert beach with a big storm coming. Not good!. I started my race back, believe me I didn’t feel very good running back carrying the tripod over my shoulders in the middle of the fireworks but nothing bad happened. As soon as I closed the door of my cabin heavy rain started falling. I love watching and reading about storm hunting but I never realized who was really the hunter.

More of my weather photos at my website.

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