I've been trying for years to take some decent photos of cloud-to-ground lightning bolts, which can be maddeningly difficult to capture well on film, but the conditions were especially favorable on the evening of August 31st, 2012, when a thunderstorm rolled past my town - close enough to get a fine view of the lightning, but distant enough to photograph it safely without having to contend with wind and rain.  The results were pretty magnificent, especially since the magic of photography allows for a leisurely observation of spectacular bolts that existed for no more than a fraction of a second at the time of their appearance.  Most of these shots were 30-second exposures in which the lightning was captured through sheer luck.














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