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Electrical storm, Bangkok

Lightning storm, Bangkok, Thailand

Late night, getting into the early hours of the morning, in Bangkok and an electrical storm moves through.   After being woken by several loud thunder claps, I decided to get up and open the curtains of my hotel room to check out the light show!    And what a light show it was.    Lightning was almost continuous for over an hour and a half convincing me to drag out the camera and try my luck at capturing it.

With the camera set up for what I thought was a reasonable composition from where I was, I used the remote shutter release so as not to physically touch the camera and introduce camera shake, and experimented with shutter speeds in the range of 2 to 8 seconds.   I took in excess of 500 frames over a 90 minute period many of which,  of course, didn't result in worthwhile photos.    It is really a matter of trip the shutter and hope that lightning occurs during the exposure, serendipity.

I recall this particular frame as it flashed up on the camera's LCD display and being excited that I might have something good.    On reviewing the images latter, it was clearly the best image I got for the night.

For the tech minded; Canon 5D Mk2 at 24mm, F5.6, 4 seconds, ISO 400.