Learning to Shoot Lightning

The first time I remember being fascinated with lightning was with my father on a family fishing trip in the International Falls, Canada area. We'd been out on the lake fishing in the rain all day. As darkness fell the lightning lit up the sky in a spectacular display unlike any I'd seen before or since. Dad and I stood on the pier in silent wonder, amazed at the beauty of it all. 

I've thought of that time often when the storms are out at sea here. It has been a challenge that I've been  reading and experimenting with. After multiple attempts during numerous storms it felt good to finally catch some lightning last night.

20 seconds at f/8.0, ISO 100, 18 mm, manual mode, tripod and remote cable release

30 seconds, f/3.5, ISO 100, 18 mm, manual mode, tripod and remote cable release
I have a Photography Helps: Lightning board on Pinterest if you want help in shooting your own lightning photos.

I'm linking with to Brenda's new challenge over at How to Feather an Empty Nest
"Welcome to the Third Thursday Challenge. Once a month, on the third Thursday, I will take the plunge into something new, challenging myself to expand my photographic vision.

And I’d like to invite you to join me in investigating something different – no matter how big or small. Something that makes you tingle with excitement or tremble with fear. Together, we can help each other explore new creative paths." 

Take a look and join us.