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Living in Calgary, you get to experience a few thunderstorms almost every summer. Some people hate them, and for good reason, because they often bring flash floods along with them. I, however, have always loved the roar of thunder, and the fantastic flashing in the sky that occurs because of a lightning bolt.
When I was younger, my family and I used to live in an apartment in downtown Calgary, and in one of the rooms, there were windows almost from the floor to the ceiling. During one summer night, it started thundering, and the light show I saw that night was something out of a movie. It was incredible to see the sky come alive, and shoot electricity to the earth. It was a moment where you really realised that the world is so much bigger than you think, and your problems are quite minuscule in the grand scale of things. Anyways, after that night, I fell in love with watching lightning.
So after years and years of living in a city that put on a lightning show every year, I realised this year that... I had never even tried to capture it in a photo. As a long-time photographer, this was so odd. Why had I never even tried? Yes it would be terribly difficult (lightning flashes so quickly), but I had to try this year.
After doing some research on how to photograph lightning, and really just skimming some articles, I got out my camera and started playing around with the settings. I was using a Sony ZV-1, a great beginner camera, but one with limited settings. As a photographer with limited manual mode experience, I didn't think I would be able to get even one shot of a lightning bolt. But after 45 minutes of standing painfully still in my living room window, trying not to miss a single flash, I clicked through my camera roll and was surprised to find more than a few decent shots! They were far from professional of course, but I had CAPTURED LIGHTNING. It felt amazing. My mom and sister who had been walking by every few minutes, asking "Are you still taking pictures?" came by to ask once again, and this time I had something to show for my time.
Here are a few of the photos I got. If you have any advice on how to take pictures of lightning, I’d appreciate it!