Electrical Storm

"It's hot as hell, honey in this room
Sure hope the weather will break soon
The air is heavy, heavy as a truck
We need the rain to wash away our bad luck

Well if the sky can crack there must be some way back
To love and only love" -U2, Electrical Storm

Last night an extremely awesome storm moved through, there were more than 1,000 lightning strikes that started more than 20 fires in the local area. Les and I went chasing it and the news stories it created. There were also a few flash floods, one of which closed US 97A overnight.
I spent a lot of time and more than 100 shots attempting to get a photo of lightning. This was my favorite, but I had an extremely difficult time picking a photo from what I got. This one will run in the local newspaper next week (to be fair, I'm kinda sleeping with the editor).

Some of my runners up include this shot, http://picasaweb.google.com/zhmyers/Landscapes#5499470863084482066 which is cropped, but otherwise completely unedited.

This one, http://picasaweb.google.com/zhmyers/Landscapes#5499475883159401234 which has lightning and a faint rainbow.

And this one http://picasaweb.google.com/zhmyers/Landscapes#5499470851830903746 because I liked the juxtaposition of the lightning and the power lines.

I also got a good one of the rain, http://picasaweb.google.com/zhmyers/Landscapes#5499470840447760738

Also, this one would have been really cool if I had been pointed a little more to the right, http://picasaweb.google.com/zhmyers/Landscapes#5499475877527944002

So what do you think, did I make the right choice? And sorry about all the links, I just was incredibly lucky yesterday and that is pretty rare fore me.
Wicked cool!
posted July 30th, 2010  
Yeah, I think that you made the right choice. The sunset and the rain are great shots, but lightning is hard to catch and of the lightning shots, I think this is the best.
posted July 30th, 2010  
Awesome capture!
posted July 30th, 2010  
Very nice pix. I'm still trying to capture lightening
posted July 30th, 2010  
wow! Great capture, amazing what a split second in time can do.
posted July 30th, 2010  
Awesome capture.
posted July 30th, 2010  
Wow! Tough to choose from so many cool shots, but I think you've done well! Do you have some kind of setting that will trigger the shutter to capture the lightning (does that exist?) or are your snapping reflexes just that good? =)
posted July 30th, 2010  
I was only able to do it by putting the camera on top of the car in AI Servo Mode and continuous shooting, leaving my finger on the trigger and then shooting as soon as I saw any flashes of light (sometimes it was just headlights).

I took several shots of empty sky after the lightning had struck or when it struck outside of the frame (it was all around us). I also found that looking through the viewfinder was limiting me, I did much better getting the camera positioned and looking up at the whole sky.
posted July 30th, 2010  
what a cool shot!! :)
posted July 30th, 2010  
Wonderful catch!
posted July 30th, 2010  
very nice!
posted July 30th, 2010  
AWESOME!!
I still have yet to catch lightning in the sky...
posted July 30th, 2010  
Awesome capture!
posted July 30th, 2010  
awesome capture, A fav
posted July 30th, 2010  
I love the one with the power lines, it looks like the lightning runs from cable to cable. The first one is amazing to.
posted July 30th, 2010  
Hee
Right place, right time...great shot!
posted July 30th, 2010  
FAVEEE!
posted July 30th, 2010  
great capture!
posted July 30th, 2010  
Great story and good pick. I'm still hoping to get a good lighting shot this summer, though I don't plan on doing any storm chasing. Sounds like you had a fun time.
posted July 31st, 2010  
You were lucky! This is fabulous!!
posted July 31st, 2010  
Thanks for the links too!
posted July 31st, 2010  
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