Last week a lightning storm passed through. At first I was a little bummed. I’ve been waiting for more than a year now to get a good night-time lightning storm so that I could try and capture some incredible lightning shots, and when I went outside to check out the lightning, it was all up in the clouds. Loud, but not flashy. No bolts. I went back inside and decided to check on it later. I sat down at my computer and began working on a blog post.

Suddenly everything went pitch black. The power was out. I sat in the eerie but beautiful silence, unable to see anything except when an occasional lightning flash lit up the house. It’s amazing how calm and wonderful it is to have no electronics beeping or lighting the area. I sat in the dark, listening to the thunder. Hoping that it would be a while before power returned. Then… BOOM! A deafening thunderbolt rumbled through the valley. I ran back outside to see what the lightning was up to. Sure enough, it had turned into ground-to-sky lightning bolts. I’d been waiting for this, and so with the aid of my cell phone lighting the way, I grabbed my camera gear and headed to my bedroom window upstairs to try and capture a few shots.

This is what I came up with. Click on any image to see the bigger version. Feel free to download the desktop versions if you’d like to use any of them for screen savers or desktop backgrounds. Enjoy.

Lightning on the Mountains #1
Focal length: 40 mm
f/5.0
Exposure: 9 seconds
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 Lightning on the Mountains #2
Focal length: 40 mm
f/5.0
Exposure: 6 seconds
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Lightning on the Mountains #3
Focal length: 40 mm (cropped down)
f/5.0
Exposure: 2 seconds
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Lightning on the Mountains #4
Focal length: 40 mm
f/5.0
Exposure: 9 seconds
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Electric Sunrise
Focal length: 40 mm
f/5.0
Exposure: 8 seconds
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Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Which ones are your favorites? Do you love lightning storms? How do you feel when the power goes out?

SDL’s Quote of the Day

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~ Mark Twain
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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!