Stormy night

Stormy night

I sat at home and heard the first BOOM of thunder and then the house shook from the closeness of the lighting. Most people would close their doors and watch the show from the safety of their home but NO, my first instinct was to grab my camera and say drop me at the top of the hill.  So my husband said "Ooook lets go". He also had to go pick up my son from a friends house  several miles away.

 We started driving up the hill .  I said just leave me and go get our son. He balked at the idea of leaving his wife of 17 yrs on a dark path at 9pm at night out in the wind and electrical storm. But I talked him into it any way saying that there were still joggers out, it's safe. He handed me an extra phone and let me out. I can be pretty convincing when I want to be.

 

 Did I mention that I was at the top of a hill on a Street called Universe.  So yes I was on Universe looking at the sky cracking open from horizon to horizon on  dark path headed up to a rock that would steady my camera for the fun of it.  Out of the excitement of being out in the weather I did not even notice how eerie this could be to anyone else. Darkness closing with every step away from the parking lot. Bright flashes of light shooting across the sky in all directions. The joggers were not visible anymore and the only sound you hear are the cars rushing by occasionally and the giant BOOM of the Thunder.  But that would be someone elses  thoughts. Mine were of how beautiful it all was. The air was cool and the wind was strong but not harsh. It just blew my hair to the back of my head and out of my eyes. I reached my rock that was just slightly taller than myself and  placed the camera up on top. 

Did I mention that I was at the top of a hill on a Street called Universe.  So yes I was on Universe looking at the sky cracking open from horizon to horizon on  dark path headed up to a rock that would steady my camera for the fun of it.

Out of the excitement of being out in the weather I did not even notice how eerie this could be to anyone else. Darkness closing with every step away from the parking lot. Bright flashes of light shooting across the sky in all directions. The joggers were not visible anymore and the only sound you hear are the cars rushing by occasionally and the giant BOOM of the Thunder.

But that would be someone elses  thoughts. Mine were of how beautiful it all was. The air was cool and the wind was strong but not harsh. It just blew my hair to the back of my head and out of my eyes. I reached my rock that was just slightly taller than myself and  placed the camera up on top. 

 What I have failed to tell you in that I have never attempted to take pictures of a Lighting storm before and was really at a loss for what speed or setting i might need to use. I first decided to use the sports mode because if the shutter is clicking quickly I should be able to capture a random second of lighting in the sky that could appear on the east side of the City or the west side  or even right behind me to the north. Oh yes and guess what  when you use your sports mode the flash does not go off so basically you are getting this..

What I have failed to tell you in that I have never attempted to take pictures of a Lighting storm before and was really at a loss for what speed or setting i might need to use. I first decided to use the sports mode because if the shutter is clicking quickly I should be able to capture a random second of lighting in the sky that could appear on the east side of the City or the west side  or even right behind me to the north. Oh yes and guess what  when you use your sports mode the flash does not go off so basically you are getting this..

 ...Annnnd a whole lot of it. I think I tried standing still and shooting just to the west then the east and just a whole lot of yes BLACK. So then I remembered seeing those amazing photos of skies when the aperture was just left open for a while and decide to try that.  I placed my camera on my rock again I knew that it would have to be stable because with the aperture open. Otherwise you would get really cool streaks of light (not lighting) from even the slightest movement. So here goes I said to myself as I had not seen anyone in a long time.   

...Annnnd a whole lot of it. I think I tried standing still and shooting just to the west then the east and just a whole lot of yes BLACK. So then I remembered seeing those amazing photos of skies when the aperture was just left open for a while and decide to try that.  I placed my camera on my rock again I knew that it would have to be stable because with the aperture open. Otherwise you would get really cool streaks of light (not lighting) from even the slightest movement. So here goes I said to myself as I had not seen anyone in a long time.

 

 Oh yes! It was working and I was being able to see the clouds in the sky and the city lights. YES! No more black! I took several this way and then there was still the problem of the vast distance I had to cover from horizon to horizon. Most of the strikes were towards the south so I concentrated on that side. I tried switching from east to west thinking oh I can guess which way that next random strike would be. Each time I would place the camera to east it would strike to the west and when I would place it to the west it would strike over the city to the east. Once I got so excited that I thought I got one I looked and just the glow of the strike was in the picture to the right. So Hee hee I found out I can not see the future even a few second into even if I try. Darn it that would have been handy.

Oh yes! It was working and I was being able to see the clouds in the sky and the city lights. YES! No more black! I took several this way and then there was still the problem of the vast distance I had to cover from horizon to horizon. Most of the strikes were towards the south so I concentrated on that side. I tried switching from east to west thinking oh I can guess which way that next random strike would be. Each time I would place the camera to east it would strike to the west and when I would place it to the west it would strike over the city to the east. Once I got so excited that I thought I got one I looked and just the glow of the strike was in the picture to the right. So Hee hee I found out I can not see the future even a few second into even if I try. Darn it that would have been handy.

So then I decided I would have to take a deep breath (which was kind of hard because the wind was picking up) and be patient. I set the camera to west where multiple strikes had been happening and hit the button to start the picture. I did it once nothing, then again nothing. Oh shoot the lighting went off right between one ending and me pressing the next time. HUMF  double HUMF ok lets try again. I GOT IT!!! I GOT IT!!! I said out loud and kind of loud also. What I was by my self on a deserted road in the dark. Well I wasn't as alone as I thought  just as I said that two ladies walked by and snickered at the crazy lady talking to herself in the dark and walked a little faster. The shot wasn't perfect and it was far away but I got IT!!

 After that I got several lighting pictures and learned a lot. I guess I was more skittish than I thought, my son that my husband was picking up made me jump when they came to pick me up. Overall I am glad I risked my life out in the wind and dark and storm.

After that I got several lighting pictures and learned a lot. I guess I was more skittish than I thought, my son that my husband was picking up made me jump when they came to pick me up. Overall I am glad I risked my life out in the wind and dark and storm.