One thing I’ve always wanted was to get some photos of lightning, the really giant fork lightning like you see on all the great photos on Flickr. We don’t get a lot of that here in the Netherlands, and if we do we don’t see much because it’s often really cloudy.
Last night we had a thunder and lightning storm here in Rotterdam and there was a LOT of lightning. Most of it, as usual, was up in the clouds… but there was some really cool visible lightning too. So I took a stool, my camera and tripod and camped out on my front balcony. I was going to get lightning photos come hell or high water! Uhhh… and the high water thing was a definite possibility because it rained like mad last night and we do live below sea level, after all!
In the end I didn’t even care if I caught any actual lightning because it was so cool watching the clouds light up in the sky and how each flash brought something different.
I took so many photos, most of which ended up with nothing on them, but I quickly realized that if I didn’t take photos one immediately after each other, I was going to miss out on something. The few times I did stop to shift on the stool, scratch my leg or adjust the camera… KABLAMMO!!! MEGA LIGHTNING!! Argggggh! It never failed, every time I wasn’t taking a photo, the lightning streaked across the sky in a totally undocumented display.
Figures… lesson learned!
*EDIT* Just saw a video someone posted of the same lightning in Utrecht. It makes me wish I’d also gotten out my P&S and gotten some video too. ANOTHER lesson learned! Here’s the video: