Lighting Over Town Hall

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  • Location: Riverside, Illinois

It’s starting to get ridiculous.  The minute I see the first bolt of lightning or hear the first rumble of thunder, I grab my camera and go running outside as fast as I can, intent on shooting as much as I can before the storms roll in.

The best case scenario for shooting lightning is to have lots of lightning and no rain.  It’s a weird combination to be sure, but, the ideal one.  The trick is to shoot a storm as it’s leaving or, better yet, to have a horrible storm just to the north or south of you.  In the case of this photo, I lucked into the latter.  There was a horrible storm to the south and I was fortunate enough to get lots and lots of lightning strikes with nothing but a few drops of rain.

As an aside, this was the first photo I’ve ever taken that gave me a lens flare from the lightning.  It was cool enough that I almost didn’t mind it.  Almost.

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