I thought it would be a quiet evening as I was driving back home from an assignment. I planned to do a sunset shoot, but clouds rolled in and the evening turned in to an overcast event. Nothing special. I knew some thunderstorms were forecasted but most of the time they roll in from the south and by the time they get to the north of the Netherlands, they have turned into harmless rainclouds. It’s been a long time since we’ve got some serious thunderstorms here in the north. So as I arrived back home, I unloaded my gear, and joined Janneke for a drink. Little did I know what was coming. In the distance we could already see frequent lightning strikes and within minutes I packed my gear again and drove off. It was total chaos in the sky with lightning strikes every few seconds. I picked a spot close to home as I knew I wouldn’t have much time. Set up my gear and started exposing. Man, what a show. A massive storm was approaching and as it got closer I got more excited. Working in the dark made it difficult to get focus so all I could do was pick a setting and hope for the best. Exposing for lightning wasn’t very difficult, with so much lightning going off every few seconds. After a couple of minutes the winds picked up and I knew it wouldn’t take long before the rain would hit me. I exposed for the last time and made a run for the car, with horizontal rain and gail force winds chasing me. I’m certainly no storm chaser, but now I know where these guys get their adrenaline from…Great evening!
Lightning strikes – Groningen, The Netherlands – Canon EOS 5D mark III + Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II at 16mm, f/8, iso 800 with a 30 sec. exposure, tripod and cable release.