Category Archives: weather

Lightning

A thunderhead moved through tonight a little before night fall. The office of the apartment (spare bedroom) is on the corner of the building, facing West and North. I live on the 3rd floor of a 4 story building in a town where a building above 4 stories simply has not been built yet, nor is it likely ever to be built. Unfortunately, a lot of good cloud to ground strikes were to the West, and there is a 3-1/2 story building across the street from me, which spoiled many potential lightning photo opportunities. The storm did eventually move to the North and pass over Main Street and the down town. At that same time the thunderhead was directly over the apartment, so every time the sky lit up there was no way to know where the strike occurred, whether it hit ground, or if I happened to capture it. With lightning it seems that one has to play “the odds”. I set up my camera in one direction and programmed it to take extended exposure shots one after another. Eventually a lighting strike would have to take place in front of my lens. And so it did.

6-18-2011, 12:24 a.m.

exposure: 20 sec

f/stop: 13

focal length: 25 mm

ISO: 100

Summer T-storms

After leaving a graduation party we drove back to Sarah’s parents house (I have some laundry in need of washing and we happened to be in the area), and arrived just before the storm. A localized thundercloud moved through and brought some heavy rain and a brief bout of small hail (3 minutes at most). I snapped a few pictures and thought that I had captured a cloud to ground lightning strike but when reviewing the shots it must have happened between photos. I was pretty bummed – it was a really close strike. Not to worry, I managed to capture the storm clouds rolling in and then combined 6 pictures together to make a high dynamic range photo of the leading edge of the storm. Enjoy.

5-28-2011, 6:25 p.m.

software used: Bracketeer, DoubleTake