Taken in Victoria on one balmy summers evening. This is uncropped, as it appeared when developed. Part luck, part application of knowledge.
Lightning can be difficult to capture, although I apply a couple of simple rules.
Unless the storm is coming straight at you, I tend to concentrate on the start and end of the storm area. I use a wide angle lense, a tripod, and set my camera film speed to ISO 100. I use a cable release, and for night time, which is the only time I take lightning shots, I set the aperture on f9 and the shutter to bulb, with an exposure of 3 to 4 minutes. The time can depend on storm intensity (amount of light created). Others may have different rules, but this generally does work for me, and with the digital age, you do have the ability to check, unlike film, where you had to wait to see if it was a worth while evening.