Nevada Lightning

Photographed 7/19/2013
Photographer: David Arnspiger

I love working on my technique to capture lightning. The only state in the country where I have ever been able to achieve this feat is Nevada to date.

On July 19th, 2013, the day after my birthday, there was a brief thunderstorm over our home in Henderson, NV.

I set up in the yard with my 70 to 200mm lens. I work with exposures from 30 seconds to 1 minute. The long exposures help to ensure that I capture all the neat little tendrils coming off of the main bolt of lightning.

Taking a series of exposures in hopes that lightning will occur during the exposure. You can't really anticipate lighning after all. I watch for the most active areas in the sky, and contrary to popular belief, lightning tends to go off in the same area a lot!

I just work the areas that I think the action is in and move my view around to where I think activity might be. Some of these shots are blurry because I had moved my focus off of infinity, but I still managed to capture a pretty significant bolt of lightning.

Enjoy the images below.