Strike One!

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D700
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Town
Denver
Notes

Camera: Nikon D700 Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4g ISO200, f/16, 30 sec.

Description

I captured this single lightning bolt during a storm that blew into the Denver, Colorado, area in June 2013. I ventured out in my car to find a good location on the east side of town where I could observe the storm approach from the north. There was so much cloud-to-ground lightning that I didn't dare leave the shelter of my car. So, I set up the camera and tripod in the passenger seat and shot out the open window. I don't have a lightning trigger; I just kept clicking the shutter for 30 seconds at a time. I took about 100 exposures, most of them complete duds. However, this was the lucky prize shot of the evening. I didn't actually see the strike happen, but I saw the flash out of the corner of my eye and felt the thunder clap almost instantaneously. I knew the shutter was open and just hoped that I'd captured something good. I was elated when the preview image flashed on my LCD screen. Being able to capture this image was 2 percent being in the right place at the right time and 98 percent luck!

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Date Added
September 23, 2014
Date Taken
September 23, 2014

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