It is rare to see a lightning show in Perth let alone a decent one. However the last 3 nights here have proven rather forthcoming.
So tonight I grabbed my trusty camera and ventured into the wilderness of my backyard. There was only one possible place I could stay covered from the rain and get a perfect view of the sky - the annex of the tin shed.
The air was thick with electricity and despite the danger I chose to go for it. I have always wanted to photograph lightning and this was my one big chance. As I stood buffeted by a strong, hot inland breeze I fought with the focus on my digital camera. It has no concept of twilight making the trees in the photographs appear like a water painting that had been sprayed with a fine shower.
As my arms, raised in readiness, grew tireder and tireder. Every now and then I would lower them for a split second and then FLASH ZIP ZING and the lightning was gone. Eventually as most warriors do when they concede defeat, I retreated.
Out of 150 hopeful photographs I have these two to show for it. Quite good really on a camera that has a 1 second delay.