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I promised some viewers that I would post a shot of a strike from this storm that was SUPER close! Way too close!

This one scared the crap out of me!


As a storm chaser, I know how hard it is to get a good shot. This was one night where I was incredibly lucky.

I decided to head out and see what I could catch. I drove and drove and drove in hopes of catching this one cell. While there were many cells firing there was one was the most active.

I ended up driving about 50 miles and came across the perfect spot. I had intercepted the storm and the show I was given was simply amazing.

The pictures from this storm actually made it on the local news in my area.

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!


While not my primary camera, I use the Canon XSI 450D for my storm hunting. I would literally kill myself if I got a drop of water on my Mark II. Haha
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NatSilva Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh wow, i have never been able to capture lightning, this is beautiful! Love how the clouds seem to go over the lightning, adds a really nice touch to the pic, well done! :D
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Thank you so very much. This was one incredible storm and I was scared/excited 99% of it. Haha Probably the most intense lightning I have ever seen.

I am waiting for next year! :-)

Do you have some lightning photos as well?
NatSilva Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Traditional Artist
No worries, i loved it! :)

No, i don't >_> I wish though, i haven't had the patience to capture lightning.. but my friend has if you are keen on seeing his..C: [link]
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
High Five for not getting struck!
teresa64 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Holy crap, that's really close.:O
But the picture is so cool!:D
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
That stormed scared the crap out of me. Haha
teresa64 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
At least you wern't struck by lightning.:D
That's gorgeous! Any tips on lightning photography?
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

Storm chasing is so much fun but then again, it really can push your buttons. An example; for the last two nights I have been out hunting only to get stuck behind mountains or have storm die out before I can get to them. Hundreds of miles driven. Doh!

When you storm hunt that really is how it goes.

Anyways, here are some tips. If I knew these earlier on I may have gotten some great shots.

- Tripod! It is a must. If it is raining, set it up in the vehicle in a seat. If it is windy, windy enough to move the camera it will ruin your shot.

- Manual focus! The odds are your camera will not work in the darkness to automatically focus so you will want to switch it to manual focus. Even though it is dark, focus on a street light (or whatever) and make sure you are at a proper zoom and focus. Focusing manually is VERY important. You may get a shot but if it is out of focus it will look like crap! Seriously. Haha

- ISO! I do not suggest you go above 400. If you raise the ISO the quality of the shot will go down. Don't worry about the amount of light as there is where Exposure comes in. This is true unless you are rocking a high end camera. If you have something that can handle high ISO's with out degradation, then you can go up. Of course, the lower the ISO, the better quality!

- Exposure! This will vary on distance of the storm. If the storm is a good distance, you will need an long exposure. I generally do 30". If the storm is closer you of course can speed this up. By doing a longer/slower exposure you make up for the lower ISO setting.

- Lights! Lights are killer so watch out. If the moon is showing, try to keep it out of the shot. Especially if the moon is bright. Same goes for street lights (close that is). Don't worry about them if they are at a good distance. If you have these bright lights in the shot when doing a long/slow exposure it will white out the picture.

That is about all I can think of at the moment. Make sure to shoot RAW so you have room to make adjustments.

Other than that, be safe, have fun and enjoy the power and beauty of nature!

Thanks again,
Oh my, what a long reply, you are a real legend for this! -Prints it off-. Thank you so much, Luke, I really appreciate it :)

I'm going to play with my camera some before the next storm hits. Unfortunately, where I live, there are few storms anymore. The climate really has changed in my experience. I'm in Australia.

Some of that, I know my camera can do. I only have a point and shoot with a few extras that you can adjust. Can you do a manual focus on such a camera? I know the question may sound silly, but the last time I did photography was not digital and was in high school about 8 years ago. Plus, digital photography isn't something I've ever learned much about. The other tips I believe I can do on my camera, again I can't express how useful that is to me!! :) I'm also not sure what RAW is, will look that up!


xXxVioletSkyxXx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is AMAZING!!! I always wanted to be a storm chaser. The picture is beautiful
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thank you so much! Storm chasing is a rush!!! You should get out and hunt!
Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow what an amazing shot
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you very much!
Claiy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Digital Artist
wish i were there *-* nice shot :clap:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.
steph11e Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
wow this is an amazing picture :D
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thank you very much! It was intense!
steph11e Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I bet :D and your welcome :aww:
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