Thursday, July 5, 2012

Crazy Lightning Storm - Photos

Last night after all the smoke faded away from the fireworks, Wife and I had just settled down to a midnight one-thirty a.m. snack and House episode (yes, we watch the show, though we recognize the limited semblance it bears to real-life diagnostic medicine. It's entertainment.) when I gradually began to realize there were lots of bright flashes illuminating the sky through the window.

Me: "Whoa, are those more fireworks, or is that lightning?"

Wife, moving to window: "Not sure. Wait... That's definitely lightning."

We jumped up to head outside, and I grabbed my camera, which was still set up from shooting the above-linked fireworks photos. Coincidentally, the exposure and shutter settings for photographing fireworks are perfect for lightning. Thus followed a two-hour lightning viewing and photography session, punctuated by chest-shaking peals of thunder and nervous chuckles as the storm swept overhead. I packed up the gear when it finally started to rain, but not until after getting these shots. As an aside: the yellowish / reddish lightning was silent heat lightning (click here to learn why it's silent!), and was amazingly vivid. The white variety made the awesome booms while lighting up the sky. As always, click to embiggen and enjoy!

This was probably my favorite, though the actual lightning spanned an area of the sky that was about twice as wide as what I caught on camera. It was easily the best lightning show that I've seen in years, as there were many more that I did not catch.


Susan said...

Amazing shots-these AND the fireworks! So cool your camera can pick that detail up!

Jill said...

We saw it too in our area. It was far better than any man-made fireworks show. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

Great photography!

Anonymous said...

These photos are awesome!!

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