Looking over the city tonight we saw an almost perfectly round storm forming to the west, in no time at all it was drifting into Cochrane dragging wind, rain and lightning across the sunset. The image below is a photo merge of two 30 second exposures which each caught a bolt of lightning beneath the dark cloud, I love the contrast between the sky in advance and the sky in rear of the storm.
There are still a few thunderstorms rolling through Alberta in the evenings (created by the heat of the day) but frustratingly they remain distant and the spectacular light shows are for the most part, just out of reach of the lens. The only advantage to this distance is that on occasion you can get a shot of the lightning above, below and behind the storm all at the same time. This 20 second exposure caught some activity with 2 clear 'bolts' below and 2 huge flares above and behind the cloud with the city of Cochrane providing scale in the foreground. Click image for larger version.
After 3 weeks of almost constant thunderstorms with intense lightning displays we finally got a day with just few showers and I managed to get out to the hills again (post to follow tomorrow) When I got home there was another storm passing by over the mountains to the west and after watching where the lightning was hitting I set up a telephoto lens and shot a 30 second exposure to get a number of strikes in one shot as the sun set behind the mountains.
We had our first storm of the year this evening, it was a quick and squally affair with strong blustery winds rattling around the balcony as I held down the tripod. Most of the lightning was either hidden by the squall or lighting up above the cloud. I did manage a few decent shots before it blew over the horizon heading north. The best by far was this lone streak as it burst to ground on the very edge of the cloud.
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