Excellent Photo Adventures…Storm Chase 4

As the week has progressed so has our chances of getting on a severe storm.  After going over the models and radar and looking ahead to the next days predictions we loaded up and headed out to see what we could find.  Brian made a great decision and got us on the only severe storm in the area by late afternoon.  We had lot’s of lightning, the problem, once again, was where to aim our cameras…

Nikon D4, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR...100 ISO f9.5 @ 1/20

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR...100 ISO f9.5 @ 1/20

 

As the storm moved off we jumped back in the van and gave chase into the Sandhills.  It’s tougher chasing in the Sandhills due to the hills and limited visibility at times.  But, Brian and Tank got us into position to photograph the last of the storm as it moved off into the rain…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 VR...140 ISO f6.7 @ 1/8

 

Turning around 180 degrees there was a break in the clouds near sunset.  I loved the layering of colors and the structure of the clouds…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 VR...140 ISO f16 @ 1/8

 

We made our way back to North Platte, NE for the night.  As we neared our destination the rain stopped and a light show in the clouds was interesting enough to check out so we headed out of town a few miles and set up.  Most of the lightning was in the clouds but it lit the sky up beautifully.  In order to capture the structure of the clouds without blurring them as they were moving quickly, I increased the ISO and opened my aperture..

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 VR...3200 ISO f3.5 @ 1/3 sec

 

Another storm was approaching in the distance so, we hung in for a little longer and were rewarded with some brilliant CG (cloud to ground) bolts.  My lightning Trigger was busy photographing in a different direction so, I went with the “BULB” method of capturing lightning holding the shutter open until a bolt struck before releasing the shutter and then clicking again.  I managed to capture 7 great bolts this way…

Nikon D4, AF-S f3.5-5.6 VR...200 ISO f5.6 @ 22 sec

 

The forecast for Sat shows the greatest chance of severe storms.  Stay tuned.