Friday, August 27, 2010

Lightning: Nature's Awesome Fury

The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time. -- Willie Tyler

Standing in the middle of a field during a lightning storm is totally wrong. Standing there with a metal tripod, your feet wet and an electronic gear in hand is just plain stupid. So I decided to relocate to the covered court nearby since I preferred a safer spot to shoot lighting; I'm not that lucky but I still didn't want to get hit by lightning.

I thought shooting lightning was long exposures and narrow aperture but it was the opposite. I did this shot wide open (f3.5 was as far as my lens would go) and used bulb mode. So, I pressed the shutter and waited for the magic. As soon as the lightning spread, I closed the shutter. It took me more than thirty raw shots to get this one shot. It’s not perfect but then again for me it’s awesome. Nature's fury captured by my tiny DX sensor.

Lightning Storm

Sadly, I got just one shot. Perhaps it is true that lightning doesn't strike the same place twice.