Lightning strikes on the prairie

 Night lighting - © Christopher Martin-0417

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 24-105 lens: 6.0 seconds at f/6.3 on ISO 800

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A couple of nights ago, lightning was being thrown around by several large storm clouds as they spread out and rolled over the prairies.  After a spectacular sunset in Kananaskis Country earlier (the image below), I had just drove out of the mountains when I saw these strikes lighting up both the fields and the clouds.

Night's march above Kananaskis - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 17-40 lens: 1/160th of a second at f/5.6 on ISO 800

I ended up pulling off of the Trans-Canada Highway at Hermitage Road to watch this summer performance.  It was just before 11pm when I set up my camera along a fence which was busy splitting up a meadow of wild grass.  The moon was out and waxing near full so the land was gently lit up.  

Moonlit - © Christopher Martin-0433

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 24-105 lens: 2.5 seconds at f/5.6 on ISO 1600

It was warm but the mosquitos compelled me to put on a light jacket.  When a breeze came up around midnight, it was a perfect night to be outdoors.  

A lone fork - © Christopher Martin-0568

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 24-105 lens: 10 seconds at f/8.0 on ISO 1600

Two hours flew by largely unnoticed before the storms had moved out of view and I decided to head home.

Lightning forks - 2013 © Christopher Martin-0416

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 24-105 lens: 6.0 seconds at f/6.3 on ISO 800

13 responses

  1. AMAZING shots!

    July 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

  2. A special evening and some fantastic shots.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  3. Stunning photos. Your photos always “WOW” me.

    July 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

  4. lisalday111711

    Once again you have wowed me and left me speechless

    July 22, 2013 at 6:08 am

  5. very beautiful photos, fantastic

    July 22, 2013 at 4:26 am

  6. kanebeatz

    Reblogged this on Beatz kane Blog.

    July 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  7. Wow, stunning shots!!!

    July 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  8. Wow, what an incredible evening! Spectacular work as always!

    July 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  9. Amazing lightning photos, Chris! I love seeing the clear sky and stars above the clouds!

    July 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    • Wow!

      July 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    • Hi Karen,

      This cloud was an island over the prairies. As the lightning streaked down, the stars began popping into sight above. A very cool storm to watch.



      July 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

  10. Beautiful photo’s!
    The first photo with the lightning looks very impressive.

    July 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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