Lightning over the Lake


A bright streak
Flashes across the sky
Lighting up the night
And your eyes

We had an amazing, fairly sudden storm this evening. It had been overcast most of the day but the thunder and lightning still seemed to come without warning. Luckily I was nearly home when it started and so I grabbed my camera and tripod and hurried down to the lake to try to get some shots.

Lightning is tricky to photograph and it took some experimentation – you’d think you’d want to use a high shutter speed to freeze the strike but because lightning is so unpredictable, I find you actually have to go the opposite way and use a slow shutter speed to give yourself more time to capture a good strike. Working out exactly how long though is a bit of trial and error so it can be fiddly and if it’s a short burst, you might not get anything at all.

I really like how this one came out though. It was a 25 second exposure which is about the sweet spot I find, particularly at night. I’ve taken a few lightning shots before but since moving to Belmont I’ve always wanted to get a dramatic one over the lake. I guess that’s one thing I can check off the bucket list now. 😀

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2019

Lightning Over Caves Beach

Lightning Over Caves Beach

Thunder and lightning
Crash across the evening sky
Like two gods at war

We’ve had a couple of huge thunderstorms over the last week. This was on Friday night and the lightning strikes were spectacular. The storm lasted for at least a good hour and there must have been hundreds of strikes like this lighting up the sky.

I’ve never taken photos of lightning before. It was quite interesting as unlike with most subjects, it’s very hard to tell where or when lightning is going to strike so it’s as much a matter of using your senses to anticipate where it’s going to appear as it is working out what settings you need to use. This one came out pretty well in the end.

Not bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself. 🙂

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014