Daily Archives: August 5, 2012

Be There


The best thing about photography is being somewhere when something happens.  Showing up for who knows exactly what, but being ready to capture it when it comes.

I have been taking pictures for years.  There is a different mindset now that I am trying to shoot photographs.

This was one of those days where (in the pre-camera life) I would have spent the evening doing any number of mindless tasks, capped off with some time on the couch.  These days, at least a couple of times I week, I pack up the camera gear, recruit a kid or two, and head out to see what we can find.

This past week, doing that turned what would have otherwise been a Tuesday night just like any of the thousands before it, into something special.

After hitting Sonic for a slush (may have something to do with getting eager volunteers for the expedition), we headed for Roxborough State Park to check out a storm that was coming in fast.

We saw an amazing number of lightning strikes and managed to capture a few.  It was a great experience to share together, and a memory that we will be able to talk about for years to come.  Especially the part where, as I was explaining something to them, I snapped my fingers at the exact moment a huge flash and thunderclap boomed all around us.

I keep telling them you can’t get the good shots while you’re home sitting on the couch.  This was a perfect learning experience to see how getting out and working for something can yeild a good result.  Plus, it was just awesome to see.

I don’t have a neutral density filter to cut down the light entering the lens, so I had to make due by closing down the aperature as far as it would go and hope for darker skies.  By doing that I was able to stretch the shutter speed to 1 second, which meant I took 1 sec pictures over and over and over again, and hoped to get lucky with one of them.  I did.