Ask any photographer what their bucket list photographs would be and I’m quite confident that photographing lightning at night time would be high on that list! It’s been pretty much number 1 on my list since I first picked up my first camera a little over 3 years ago.
I was meant to head down to Sligo and meet up with 2 friends to do a bit of storm chasing, but due to work commitments (freelance web developer) and the fact something was telling me that it would be a waste of a day, I decided I’d work all day and head to coast in the evening towards dark and hope for the best for some cells out over the sea.
I wasn’t even going to bother heading down, but my girlfriend persuaded me – that I’m thankful for! I text my friend Owen who lives down there and we met up at the car park at Downhill Demesne around 11PM and no sooner were we out of the car walking towards Mussenden Temple that the sky was starting to light up like a twinkling christmas tree!
Tonight was the night I was finally going to tick off photographing lightning off my bucket list, and it was exactly where I wanted to do it as well.
As with most landscape images, they first start off in your head, you envision how you want it to look, location, time of day etc. For my lightning shot, honestly, it was always Mussenden Temple, that’s where I wanted to get my shot and at night time. To make things even better than they already where, I had a full moon right behind me with clear skies (for a while) which was lighting up the foreground and temple.
Rather than enjoying the moment through the LCD screen of my camera, I framed my shot, got my settings correct, then just turned on timelapse mode in camera so that I could chill out on the grass and enjoy the moment through.
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We were the only 3 people their all night and it was absolutely fantastic experience, such an EPIC thunderstorm. Bolt after bolt, flash after flash and this continued on for 2/3 hours until we finally left.