Lightning photography is both one of the most tricky and one of the most frustrating types of photography. You get only one chance for the particular situation – it is not like portrait photography where you can go back in the studio if the photos didn’t come out well.

Photographing lightning at night is relatively easy provided you have access to remote areas away from town/city lights.

The results can be exciting but they are also partly based upon luck.

Here are 25 Electrifying Pictures of Lightning Photography.

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  1. Lightning photos give us an experience of energy that is transfomative in nature. The lightning bolt is a field of combustible possibilites available in the human psyche. When someone is struck by lightning an instant molecular change takes place. If grounded the the person being struck will often have paranomal experiences, such as seeing future events, being in touch with multi-demensional phenomena and a connecting with nature and all sentient beings. In indigious cultures this was the sign of a healer, who lived to bring forth a boon to the community.

  2. You said:

    > The results can be exciting but they are also partly based upon luck.

    This is certainly true, but it is important to mention that you can “make your own luck” to a certain degree.

    Pre-scouting picture locations, for instance, can help to give you a mental inventory of landmarks, foregrounds and angles, so that when the weather arrives, you can be prepared.

    Watching the Doppler radar on sites like Wunderground.com can help you predict when the storm will arrive at a particular location. In the shot of mine above, for instance, I tracked the storm for nearly 3 hours as it moved across central Oregon, before even bothering to leave the house. I arrived at my photo site 10 minutes before the storm hit, and took about 50 pictures of lightning bolts in the 20 minutes to took to pass by.

    having a tripod is a must for most of these nighttime lightning shots. Rather than timing the shutter for the lightning, taking a series of long exposures (typically 20-60 sec) in hopes of getting lightning in one of them seems to be a more successful strategy, at least in my experience (we rarely get lightning storms in eastern WA state, so that experience is limited).

  3. Lightning is mother nature’s way of reminding everyone who’s boss. Stunningly beautiful but potentially destructive.

  4. Absolutely stunning photography! Great idea for a photo shoot when the weather is just right.

  5. these r really cool pics. i really like the first one its really pretty although purple isnt even my fav. color but anyways i like it.

  6. omg i love these opics there so cool. i like # 1 the best although i dont even like the color purple it still looks good!

  7. Awesome! The pictures…How did you get those photos where the sky was green. They were extraordinary!

  8. Absolutely brilliant. I love the different colour backgrounds of the sky against the lightning

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