After three years or more of chasing lightning images* and refining my technique along the way, I finally managed a decent multiple strike composition. What surprised me was that I managed to do it during a daylight storm, where exposures were limited to no more than one second. I prefer night storms because they enable me to take longer exposures and consequently there are less images to process. The prospect of taking hundreds of images over a one hour period seemed a bit daunting.
However, I gave it a go this time and it’s just as well I did, because it was a long duration storm with hundreds of ground strikes.
Daylight electrical Storm, SW Sydney, 30th January 2016.
Total exposure time: 32.5 seconds over a period of 27 minutes.
Number of electrical strikes captured: about 40.
Number of strikes missed: Countless.
Total number of shots: 1300.
Number of stacked images with lightning: 35.
Canon 60D, 16mm, f/18-f/22, ISO 100.
The shot below was taken a day earlier, during a night storm which consisted of many flashes but very few ground strikes:
Three more ground strike shots taken earlier in the year:
Actually, all my lightning images are taken from the safety of my home.
All images © R.Powell