Weekly Post Challenge: “Ephemeral”
I don’t care what a few optimistic quantum physicists say. It’s impossible to read the mind of God. Predicting lightning strikes is far easier but that’s not to say that it’s easy. Not much gets any more ephemeral than lightning.
Most of my shots are inevitably wasted but there are those successes that I treasure. Can a photographer ever get bored of shooting lightning? I can’t imagine that. It is a highlight of my summertime experiences. It’s sheer fun through imminent danger, the extreme of nature/scenic photography while still in this planet’s atmosphere.
Lightning is, as everybody knows, a natural phenomenon that occurs all over the world, so I don’t have to travel to exotic locals or storm-chase, in order to shoot it. I can just wait for it to come to my general region. There are, nevertheless, special places that I’d like to go where the bolts and the backdrops are sure to create spectacular images.
I prefer to show lightning doing something really interesting, like striking a grounded object, not just arcing between the earth and sky. Such shots are really rare, occurring completely by blind luck. You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time for those kinds of images. Lightning is lightning. You get what you get!
Good lightning photography always causes observers to speak in expletives, and evokes thought and dialogue on nature, science and spirituality. Those reactions are what I aim to bring about through my lightning photography.