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Sunset Lightning



A storm moved in as I was set up to take sunset pictures of this old Fargo Truck along the river in Saskatchewan Canada. I got permission to go in this pasture...
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A storm moved in as I was set up to take sunset pictures of this old Fargo Truck along the river in Saskatchewan Canada. I got permission to go in this pasture less than 24 hours before I took this photo.
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8 Comments | Report
bellejones
 
bellejones May 03, 2016
Just breathtaking well done ...
bradyna1
 
bradyna1 May 04, 2016
This is an amazing shot!!!
wwphoto74 Premium
 
wwphoto74 May 04, 2016
The lightning strike makes this one unique. Great shot.
Stevemellor
 
Stevemellor May 10, 2016
Excellent shot, don't you just love these old trucks.
Mspradlin
 
Mspradlin June 06, 2017
Beautiful
marcinszymanski
 
marcinszymanski July 12, 2017
Beautiful picture!
kyahgoold4 PRO+
 
kyahgoold4 October 18, 2017
Where is this?? It’s beatiful!
RegAupperle PRO
 
RegAupperle July 19, 2018
Now that is one you probably won't ever be able to capture again.

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Behind The Lens

Location
4 miles north of my hometown, Leader Saskatchewan, along the South Saskatchewan River
Time
I went out there just before sunset and got set up.
Lighting
I like taking pictures at sunset. This picture was taken shortly after the sun actually set, but I stuck around when I saw lightning in the distance.
Equipment
I used a Canon 6D with a 16-35mm L 2.8 lens. No flash was used. I used my Milano Carbon fiber tripod and Manfrotto grip style ball head.
Inspiration
I received permission to access this pasture to take photos of this truck less than 24 hours before taking this picture. I had just returned home from a week away from work and was very tired. I saw a small storm moving in on radar, and thought the sunset might be nice. I was set up to take shots of the sunset, with the sunflare coming through the window of the vehicle (also posted here) when I saw lightning dropping out of the incoming storm. I changed composition, set up for 1 second exposures, F/11, ISO100 to test my exposure and hope to catch any lightning. I caught the first bolt.
Editing
Minor adjustments in clarity and saturation in Adobe camera raw.
In my camera bag
I travel with Canon 6D and a 24-70 f/2.8 II as well as 16-35 f/2.8 II lens. A Milano Carbon fiber tripod with Manfrotto grip style ball head I also carry a 7dmkII with 100-400 for any wildlife i might happen across. A remote trigger (which I did not have with me for this photo) and a 580 EXII flash.
Feedback
I normally use a remote trigger for lightning shots. I did not have mine with me this day. My sturdy tripod helped prevent camera shake that would normally show up with a 1 second exposure. I generally start at F/8 or F/11 depending on how close the lightning is (open the aperture for more distant lighting) and have to balance that with the shutter speed for ambient lighting conditions. Lightning can be very dangerous, if you can hear the thunder, you can be struck by a bolt. I did not stick around very long after this shot, the storm was fast moving and I could hear hail in it, I made the treck back to my truck and moved locations for some more lightning shots.

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