Risk factor ...... Way over 100%

posted on 5th of july, 2011

All I can say was ...... HOLY MOLEY, that was a close one!

Actually what I said was," HOLY $&@#%#! This is crazy fun!

But only after 8 exposures, BAM! The largest lightning bolt I ever came face to face with, struck the Chicago skyline, right in front of me! It was one of the most scariest moments of my life while taking photos. But I knew I was able to captue it, the "once in a lifetime" shot! I raced back into the car and that's when the hail started coming down. In certain parts of the city, baseball sized hail shattered many car windshields. Luckily, I was spared.

The lessons from this experience are:
(if you know the timeframe is small)

1. Be prepared mentally prior to arriving on location.
2. Have your camera settings preset for the stituation.
3. Have the legs of the tripod already fully extended and locked.
4. Attach camera on tripod securely.

So when I got out there, all I had to do was grab the camera, umbrella, and had the focus ring on infinity, and started clicking away.

Comments (24)

Posted by Hunor83 on July 08, 2011
Great image!!!
Posted by Cafebeanzphoto on July 08, 2011
Thank you, Francesca.
Posted by Francy874 on July 08, 2011
Great shot, congratulations!!! Bye, Francesca
Posted by Cafebeanzphoto on July 06, 2011
Thanks to everyone for these great comments! @Southernstar71, and maybe some thigh high goloshes and a hazmat suite! Hee,hee !
Posted by Marilynv on July 06, 2011
"HOLY MOLEY" that is a great shot~congratulations on the fine capture!
Posted by Cmoulton on July 06, 2011
Great Job! And I loved the vicarious adrenaline rush I got from reading this post! Exciting! Hope you sell lots of downloads on this one :)
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on July 06, 2011
Posted by Southernstar71 on July 06, 2011
In those situations, there's one more thing you need: a wireless remote control. Just in case lightning was to hit the camera, you don't want to be connected to it!

Great shot, by the way.
Posted by Irisangel on July 06, 2011
Great shot! I hope it sells well for you. Nice portfolio!
Posted by Cafebeanzphoto on July 06, 2011
Thanks everyone for the kind words. It's very humbling to receive so many comments.
Posted by Rigsby8131 on July 06, 2011
Incredible photo!!! Hope it gets the many sales it deserves.

Best wishes
Posted by Egomezta on July 06, 2011
Wow, this is an amazing photo. Congratulations.
Posted by Nero67 on July 06, 2011
Great image!!!
Posted by FabioConcetta on July 06, 2011
Amazing image, good work!
Posted by Mariaam on July 06, 2011
It is an amazing photo!!!!!!
Posted by Cafebeanzphoto on July 06, 2011
Thanks for the kind comments. @Karen , took a peek at your pictures, I like what I see. :) @tamera , I saw your collection also, wow! @Linda, I really enjoyed your outdoor photos.
Posted by Haslinda on July 06, 2011
What an awesome shot! I second Elianehaykal's comment - submit it for the city assignment! What a great feeling, yeah?
Posted by Tamarabauer on July 06, 2011
Truly fantastic image, great timing!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on July 06, 2011
Posted by Cafebeanzphoto on July 06, 2011
Thanks everyone for the the great comments!
Posted by Martingraf on July 06, 2011
cool! I love lightning and even got struck one time but wasn't able to take a photo.
Posted by Rosedarc on July 06, 2011
Wow! Looks very scary...
Posted by Elianehaykal on July 06, 2011
You definitely should enter it in DT's assignment :) If you want to, you have to upload it again and when it gets accepted, disable it from the regular uploads.
Posted by Julia161 on July 06, 2011
Great image!

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