Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Early Morning Lightning in Huntsville, Alabama

4:52 a.m., 8/9/11, Northeast Huntsville, Alabama
This lightning caused a power outage in the area.

4:51 a.m., 8/9/11, Northeast Huntsville, Alabama

4:20 a.m., 8/9/11, Northeast Huntsville, Alabama

In the top picture, I was at the Shell Gas Station on US 72 East and Moore's Mill Road in Huntsville, Alabama. It was raining, so I parked under the awning. After running in to buy a couple of bags of peanuts (and letting the clerk know what I was doing), I set up my camera on the tripod, facing west. I clicked it and went back in the car to wait 60 seconds for the exposure time to elapse. That kept me safer as it seemed the lightning was getting closer. To capture these images, I usually set my camera's shutter to stay open 60 seconds so that it captures any light that occurs during that time. That way, if there are multiple lightning strikes, I can capture them all and don't have to worry as much about timing. The interesting thing about the top image is that these strikes occurred basically all at once (not multiple strikes over the entire 60 seconds). It occurred right before the shutter closed. I am learning that lightning photography requires some skill, even more patience, and quite a bit of good luck!


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