Your Best Lightning Shot to date...

J Kerste

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Mar 13, 2018
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Took this in July out by Keota Co, I mainly went out for shots of the milky way and ended up being treated to a 45-60 light show up by Grover and the Pawnee buttes. For those who know the area the Keota water tower is lower right. _66A5403.jpg
 
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Apr 10, 2008
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June 22, 2019 - Had a special visitor stay at my work so in advance of an approaching MCS, set a camera up for continuous time lapse. Figured any keepers would at best be predictably like the first. Just before it arrived, anvil bolt arced out and hit to the south with branching going overhead. I was outside when it struck and moments away from gathering my gear ahead of the rain. Could not believe this happened.

(Note: after a few frames of first scene, positioned camera left to hide nuisance light hence the subtle composition difference of second)
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June 22, 2019 - Had a special visitor stay at my work so in advance of an approaching MCS, set a camera up for continuous time lapse. Figured any keepers would at best be predictably like the first. Just before it arrived, anvil bolt arced out and hit to the south with branching going overhead. I was outside when it struck and moments away from gathering my gear ahead of the rain. Could not believe this happened.

(Note: after a few frames of first scene, positioned camera left to hide nuisance light hence the subtle composition difference of second)
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Oh come on! How is anyone supposed to compete with a bolt over the Weinermobile?!

Just end this thread...game over man, game over!
 

James K

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Michael Snyder said:
Yes, it was kicking out some crazy lightning. A nice treat after dealing with hail smashed windows at the hotel!
Hail smashed windows would not be fun :eek: .. sorry to hear about that.
But I do love a good lightning show!
 
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I may have candidates for new favorites... took these somewhere between 2-3am Friday morning near Eureka, Kansas on the backside of an MCS that rolled through. My news 14-24mm Nikkor lens had arrived two days earlier and I'd say it paid for itself immediately (not literally, but this was EXACTLY why I wanted the full frame lens). I had just finished shooting 90 minutes worth of lightning at a different location when I caught this tree in a flash on my drive back and had to set up for a shot. I was NOT disappointed. Both these shots were taken on a Nikon D750 at 14mm @ f/7



 

Beth F.

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I may have candidates for new favorites... took these somewhere between 2-3am Friday morning near Eureka, Kansas on the backside of an MCS that rolled through. My news 14-24mm Nikkor lens had arrived two days earlier and I'd say it paid for itself immediately (not literally, but this was EXACTLY why I wanted the full frame lens). I had just finished shooting 90 minutes worth of lightning at a different location when I caught this tree in a flash on my drive back and had to set up for a shot. I was NOT disappointed. Both these shots were taken on a Nikon D750 at 14mm @ f/7



WOW! Great shots!
 
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Here are five of my favorite lightning images taken over the past few years.

The first image is from August 15, 2019 in southeast Kansas. This is a single 8 second exposure from the leading edge of an MCS that formed out of a cluster of tornadic supercells near Alta Vista, KS earlier in the evening. I have about a dozen quality photos from this location of one of the most intense CG lightning barrages I have ever seen.

The second image is from southeast Saskatchewan Canada in July 2017 from a marginally severe storm.

The third image is from Tulsa, OK in August 2018 from a non-severe thunderstorm as it hammered downtown with an intense CG barrage.

The fourth image is from November 30, 2018 near Webbers Falls, OK. This CG burst came out of a tornadic supercell just minutes prior to the formation of a long-track eF2 tornado which hit Cookson and Blackgum, OK

The fifth image is from Coweta, OK in June 2017 of an impressive CG strike along the leading edge of a loosely organized MCS
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