Lightning in Riverside

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  • Location: Riverside, Illinois

Shooting lightning isn’t anywhere near as hard as people imagine it to be.  The hardest part is figuring out where the lightning is going to be.  Once you have that down (or luck into an electrical storm the way I did here), just set up your tripod and start clicking away.

About three minutes before I shot this image, a bolt of lightning hit so close to where I was standing, I not only heard the sizzle in the air, but my arm hair stood on end.  I shook my head and prayed that the photos wouldn’t turn out well; if they did, it would only encourage me to go out and do more stupid things in the future.  Trust me when I say there are a lot better places to be in a lightning storm than out in the open, standing in a puddle of water, holding onto a metal tripod.

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