Lightning Photography Spotlight: “Crackle”


There are several techniques to capturing lightning and I have tried them all in my  years of storm chasing. While it is still difficult to capture lightning at night, capturing a day time strike can be very challenging. This particular storm near Sterling Colorado was very intense. It was one of the most electric storms I have ever witnessed. Capturing a lightning bolt was not going to be difficult, but it was during the day so I wanted to make sure I had all of my camera settings in the right place. I chose a technique called stacking for this photo. While you can stack hundreds of pictures if you want, I only needed to use two images for this shot. So much lightning was occurring at this moment I literally snapped the lens twice and got an amazing group of bolts.

Storm Chase Location: Sterling Colorado
Storm Chase Date: June 21st 2013
Storm Chaser: Zach Roberts
Camera Settings:
Camera Pentax K-x
Exposure 5
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 10 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias +3 EV


Zach Roberts

Zach Roberts

Owner/Storm Chaser/Photographer at Mr Twister
Hello and welcome my fellow photography and weather enthusiasts! I hope you enjoy my website and my photography. Nothing else in the world compares to seeing the beauty of mother nature in person, and I truly enjoying sharing my passion with you.
Zach Roberts

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