Photographing lightning can provide some quite amazing results. Such photos generally require a tripod set-up and a slow shutter speed to capture multiple bursts of lightning as they leave their storm clouds and hit the earth. There are many different types of lightning, including the traditional single bolt hitting the ground, to sheet lightning between clouds, the commonly associated forked lightning as well as forms such as ball lightning and chain lightning, to name but a few.
Below are some fine examples of lightning photography. Do check out the photographer’s websites to see more excellent photos.
Exposure: 10 seconds
When Worlds Collide
© Rick Elkins
The view is from the Brooklyn waterfront, looking toward Manhattan and New York Harbor, with New Jersey off at the horizon.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 20D
6 sec exposuse
Focal length: 50mm
Quite the en-lightning evening
Photo taken near Sarasota, Florida, USA
Lightning; My First Try
Take THAT, France
Thunderstorm in Evian, France, seen from across Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Thunderbolt storm and waterspout
Photo taken in the autumn of the year 2010 on the reefs near the Capolungo seaport, a beautiful place in the city of Genova, Italy.
Exposure: 5 secs
Focal length: 55mm
Great Salt Lake, Utah; “Sparky”
This photo was taken on July 22, 2008 in Garfield Junction, Utah, US.
That’s, uh, some lightning you’ve got there
Photo taken with a Canon 20D
15 sec exposure
Photo taken in South Dakota USA with a Canon Rebel XSi
25 second exposure
Photo taken in Miramar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Canon 5D Mark 2
24 sec exposure
Photo taken in Soho, Hong Kong.
Taken with a Nikon D300
10 second exposure
Photo taken with a Sony A100
30 sec exposure