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Lightning Photography and Storm Chasing

                                 Lightning strike in Edinboro, PA on 9/5/14. Photo taken by me.

Lightning strike in Edinboro, PA on 9/5/14. Taken by me with a Canon Powershot SX150 IS.

I am a storm chaser. There is something about being out in nature that is peaceful and calming; I feel like I’m one with the outdoors when I’m out taking photos…even moreso if it’s a storm. (I do play it safe, though, and know when enough is enough.) I’ve been doing my best to capture lightning photos for the last four or five years. I don’t have a method to the madness, other than a love and respect for nature, a plethora of patience, and a strong trigger finger. (I don’t have a fancy DSLR camera…just my Canon Powershot SX150 IS point-and-shoot.) With my earth science background and forecasting skills, I plot my moves based on the radar, grab the camera, and drive to a location where I can shoot. On Friday, though, I was fortunate to have this storm come straight at my apartment in Edinboro, PA, so I didn’t have to travel anywhere except to my bedroom! Once I downloaded all 550-something photos into my computer, I deleted all the ones that didn’t work (about 547-ish)…and when I opened this one up and saw the results, I essentially emulated Homer Simpson:

 

                                                                     wooho

 

This photo is now the highlight of my lightning collection. It’s been retweeted by Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel (who I consider THE man of severe weather…and Dr. Greg Forbes, too!), and I was just asked by a representative from NBC Nightly News if they can use it in one of their news segments! I’m floating on cloud nine right now! It’s amazing what the power of social media can do for you. I believe they will be using it tonight, so feel free to tune in if you’re not watching football! 🙂

(Note: I never edit my lightning photos, with the exception of cropping and zooming in if the bolt is teeny tiny. Nature is amazing the way it is, so why distort the beauty?)

 

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