Photos: Summer Lightning Storm in Seattle

The benefit to starting photo editing of a night’s work at 12 midnight is the rare chance to see and shoot an epic thunder and lightning show that illuminated Seattle’s sky late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Beginning shortly after midnight, more about I could see the lightning streaks bolt through the sky out of the corner of my eye as I was working in PhotoShop. Finally, patient my creative urge took over, and I figured I’d better take advantage of the show, plus my fortuitous view of the Space Needle from my living room. I grabbed my Canon 5D Mark III, since it was a better low-light performer than my Canon 6D, and 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, and loaded the camera up on a tripod, and went outside on my balcony. Unfortunately, my first tripod of choice was a cheap plastic model that would do in a pinch, but ultimately wasn’t ideal for nighttime shooting. After snapping several shots, all of which captured some form of lightning, I bolted for my car to retrieve my trusty Benro tripod–a much better deal. By the time I got my gear set up on the Benro and had it positioned in my ideal composition, the lightning died down significantly. It was to the point where I caught about 50 long exposure frames in a row of the same scene (the one below), all sans lightning. Oh well.

At least those first 4 shots I grabbed (embedded below) turned out decently with some fixing in PhotoShop. They got some pretty decent (ok, more than decent!) likes and shares on Facebook and a mention in the Seattle P.I. Not bad for my first shot at capturing lightning!

Want to know how to shoot lightning? I wrote a little piece on how I got these shots over on my blog.

Seattle Thunder and Lightning Storm Photography by Suzi Pratt

Seattle Thunder and Lightning Storm Photography by Suzi Pratt

Seattle Thunder and Lightning Storm Photography by Suzi Pratt

Seattle Thunder and Lightning Storm Photography by Suzi PrattSeattle Thunder and Lightning Storm Photography by Suzi Pratt

 

2016-10-28T04:44:10+00:00

About the Author:

Suzi Pratt is a Seattle event and food photographer available for hire. She is also a contributing writer at Digital Photography School and runs a blog teaching others how to start a photography business.

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