2013-11-27 Update and Storm Photos

It’s been a while (again). Things haven’t been going so well, namely I’ve been hit by a few very persistent head colds and a chest infection, plus a number of other important (some good, some no so good) events in the lives of our little family. I haven’t been doing a lot of shooting, and I’m kinda ashamed to admit that I’ve been spending way too much time playing PC games (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is hugely more addictive than I’d like to admit). However, amongst all the other stuff, we did have an awesome storm a few weeks back, which I decided to chase. Successfully:

I was heading out of town towards Emerald to shoot from the same spot as last time when I came across a small grass fire just out of town with another storm North of us behind it, so I decided to stop.

I was heading out of town towards Emerald to shoot from the same spot as last time when I came across a small grass fire just out of town with another storm North of us behind it, so I decided to stop.

So yeah, I set up the two cameras I had with me and started shooting, which is why I ended up with this bolt twice, once from the 60D with the 24-105mm L and...

So yeah, I set up the two cameras I had with me and started shooting, which is why I ended up with this bolt twice, once from the 60D with the 24-105mm L and…

...this one from the 50D with an old M42 Hanimex 28mm 1:2.8 manual focus lens.

…this one from the 50D with an old M42 Hanimex 28mm 1:2.8 manual focus lens.

But it was this one and the next one that made my night.

But it was this one and the next one that made my night.

Mostly this one, because it was a massive stroke of luck. The shutter time I was using was two seconds with continuous shooting, which meant that in the two seconds the shutter was opened I got a bolt of lightning and a car speeding past at 100km/hr.

Mostly this one, because it was a massive stroke of luck. The shutter time I was using was two seconds with continuous shooting, which meant that in the two seconds the shutter was opened I got a bolt of lightning and a car speeding past at 100km/hr.

And then as the storm started dying off, I snapped this one when the guy who was keeping an eye on the fire pulled up to make sure everything was ok.

And then as the storm started dying off, I snapped this one when the guy who was keeping an eye on the fire pulled up to make sure everything was ok.

There was a fair bit of cropping in most of these, owing to the fact that unlike last time it was very dark by the time I got to the location, and it was a little bit difficult to get the framing right on site. That being said, I’m very happy with how much better I’ve done this time around, although I need to get some rain protection for the cameras I think.

Here’s to hoping for a good storm season.

PS: I realise it probably doesn’t qualify as a “chase”, but yeah, deal with it…

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

One Comment:

  1. m impressive images there Shannon

Comments are closed