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Tuesday the 7th Day of December would make History in South Australia, with the Biggest Storms they have ever faced, with over 140,000 lightning strikes recorded right across South Australia in 10 Hours.
Living on a farm has many benefits, one being the View and last night was no exception. It was an UNBELIEVABLE Display of power from mother nature, we recorded just over 100mm in 10 Hours here on the Farm. We lost our power at around 7pm when the first storm came through and only got it back late this Afternoon. So we sat out on our front verandah with the camera and had my fingers crossed I would catch it’s fantastic display. We had 3 storms come through all in 10 hours and all putting on an amazing display, As each went through I seen the rain gauge rising. Over the course I captured many lighting shots and some crazy show of weather.
This Image was captured from the last storm, which was the worst with rain and some of the Loudest Thunder i have ever heard, but I stuck it out and stayed on the front Verandah (Just a little scary and Insane lol) But I was jumping around with Joy when I captured this one. It was rather close and once it flashed as you see it a huge clap of thunder made the house shock, that’s how close it was to the house. I must admit I did Jump a mile lol. It was around 2am by this stage and the last storm just about passed us and I was about to call it a night and thank mother nature for her wonderful display and then…. it went off. As a photographer you know when you’ve captured something without even seeing the Image.
How I captured this Image. Firstly, the only changes I have made to this Image was a Crop and reduced some of the noise, the color is all natural. I had my Canon 7D sitting on a tripod and using the Tamron 10-24mm lens at 10mm wide, I had the camera set on Bulb setting and I was lucky with this one as this Image was taken at only 8 sec Exposure at F18 and ISO 400. I used a shutter release cable and locked it down till one would go off and release it. I seen a heap of Single strikes and only a couple with twin strikes, but this Image “Lighting Of Fury” was by far the winner!! I am used to this kind of Weather in Qld as I grew up with it and see Electrical storms all the time up there, but down here this is a very rare event and I was just so excited to capture some cool Images from it :)
Thank you for viewing and reading :)