Thanks Max. I love the purples tones as well. When I first started photographing lightning, it was sometimes very purple. I thought it was a camera setting. Thankfully, no. It is the electricity exciting the nitrogen and oxygen molecules. Yeah for science.
Preston, on this image, since it was totally dark (2 AM) it was a remote trigger release locked at 15 second exposures. There was a lot of close lightning in the area at the time, but this was a single event. That said, I do use a Lightning Trigger if there is daylight, since the exposure time is short.
What an amazing capture, Cheryl. Electrifying - pun intended. Did you expect to get lightning? The placement of the lightning or your camera movement to get the lightning on the left charging right makes the image - I can feel the air and wind. And, the purple color is great. The camera sees the detail in the lightning far better than the human eye ever could. Just great!
Bill, thanks for the kind words. Actually, the experience was a bit too exhilarating. Within a few minutes the lightning stuck within a a couple hundred yards of my location…thought I would be permanently blinded. That image was one very large brilliant white blob. Lesson learned.
Larry, thanks for the compliment. One of the few things I have patience for is photography. Yes, I do follow radar to anicticpate the direction and movement of a storm, and the direction of the lightning strikes. Frame it up, take a few exposures (with a lightning strike), check the images, adjust as necessary, few more exposures…so on until the foreground and the lightning seems acceptable. Set the camera with a remote cable release to take one exposure after another (this case 15 sec). Check back every so often to reframe, as lightning approaches.