far away rumbling and a briefly lit sky
boom. flash. far away.
BOOM! Flash. Getting Closer.
Thunder now shakes my walls
Lightning bolts clearly visable
No rain in sight
Wow! Look at That!
Dry lightning storms are a pretty common occurrence in New York City, though the bolts are usually pretty far off in the distance. However, on the night of June 8, 2008, I watched in awe as Mother Nature painted the sky just outside my window with a light show of bright white lines and dark blue clouds.
Maybe I Should Go Outside
After spending a while shooting from my living room window on Roosevelt Island, I grabbed my tripod and remote shutter and headed down to the riverside for a different and closer angle.
(below is a full shot of the view from my window)
Thunder boomed in the distance and lightning bolts lit up the skies above the Big Alice Con Edison power plant and Queensboro Bridge – a mere few hundred feet from where my wife, Carrie, and I stood.
I used a remote release with my Nikon D80 to snap more than 1,000 photos over the course of the storm in hopes of capturing a few good images. In total, I got five ones that I was really happy with…although I did have to do quite a bit of cropping on some.
Have you ever captured a bolt of lightning? What techniques did you use? I would love to see YOUR lightning shots!