Summer lightning over the Elbow

The gods were bowling in the clouds late last night. The rolling thunder was preceded by steady sheets of lightning and a downpour that reminded me far more of a rainstorm in the tropics than one on the prairies. Once the rain died down, we walked to the banks of the Elbow River and watched as the storm moved eastward out of the low mountains around Bragg Creek. Forks of lightning peeled across the sky every couple of minutes for over an hour. It was a really beautiful summer storm to photograph.

9 responses

  1. Alan Hayhurst

    I have a family friend that travelled the world taking pictures for National Geographic. In complete honesty Chris, much of your work rivals hers.

    July 5, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    • Thank you Alan! Nice to hear from you and I really appreciate your compliment.

      August 16, 2021 at 6:42 pm

  2. Looks great! Did you got to “Manual mode” and open to battery? I am still working on timing and exposure during lightning storms. They end up blurry and I have shot using a tripod. Maybe I am focusing on the wrong thing. Hope you managed to escape the hail. I heard Calgary was hit hard.

    July 3, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    • Hi Jane – sorry for the delayed response. I’ve been shooting more than spending too much time in front of the computer. When it’s dark, I use 30 second exposures, mirror lockup and set the aperture manually. I keep the exposures going during a storm and recompose as the clouds and the lightning move.

      August 16, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      • Thanks for your reply. Happy shooting!

        August 16, 2021 at 10:20 pm

  3. I love the purple tones of the sky! We actually had a thunder and lightening show the other night and my husband asked how photographers were able to catch the lightening on camera? Such a great skill. Your pictures never disappoint!

    July 3, 2021 at 6:55 am

  4. Iris Buchaski

    Wow! Great shots!!

    Love your work..

    Sent from my Bell Samsung device over Canada’s largest network.

    July 2, 2021 at 7:09 pm

  5. Wow, and fabulous reflections in the water!

    July 2, 2021 at 6:24 pm

  6. Really beautiful!

    July 2, 2021 at 5:26 pm

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