Lightning Photos

Posted in Photography, Storm Chasing at 5:21 pm by Rebekah

As expected, Bonnie has not survived her trip across the Gulf, thus she is not even a tropical depression anymore.

But instead of writing about the weather today, I thought I’d share some of my first attempts at lightning photography.  With the exception of a few video stills, I did not have a lightning photo before this year.  (I did take some photos of the Lone Grove supercell lightning on 10 February 2009, but those were with my film SLR that I rarely use anymore, so I have not finished off the roll and got the photos developed yet…hopefully I will soon, and then I’ll scan and post those later if any of them turned out…)

I took the following photos with a Nikon D3000, without a tripod (thus why some are a little blurry), on mostly automatic settings.  I still have a lot to learn about lightning photography, and I look forward to getting to know my new camera better (and using my tripod!) so I can take better photos in the future.

The first four photos are from May 18th, in the Texas Panhandle.  The last photo was from June 13th, also in the Texas Panhandle.  All of the other photos are from May 19th, in south central Oklahoma.

(By the way, I finished going through May 19th photos, so I should have those posted along with the chase log sometime late tomorrow or Monday.)

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  1. Jeff said,

    July 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Nice pictures. The May 18th photos show some really nice structure in addition to the lightning. The last photo with the CG in front of the advancing rain/hail core is a great one too!

  2. Robin said,

    July 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    These are beautiful!