Den Haag, The Netherlands

Lightning over Wassenaar, The Netherlands

Impulsive Photography

Lightning over Wassenaar, The Netherlands

Lightning over Wassenaar

The lightning bolt flashed through the air to the ground in Wassenaar.[/caption] During a storm in The Netherlands, this lightning bolt went down from the sky to the ground in Wassenaar. I managed to capture it from the safe location of my appartment in The Hague.

This picture was shot at night during a storm that went through The Netherlands in October 2014. It was a very intense storm and just over 2 in the morning the storm positioned in front of my appartment building looking towards Wassenaar. I placed my tripod next to the window and waited for the moment that a new lightning bolt would form.

The great thing about lightning is that -with the right settings or filters- you can leave the lens open for several seconds. In this case I left my lens open for 10 seconds with an ISO of 100 (to combat any grain) and an F number of 5. Nowadays I would probably go to an F-number of maybe 11 or 13, but at the day I was focussed on getting pictures with the lowest f-numbers possible. I also did not want to leave my lens open loner as 10 seconds because then the sky would become more of a blur. With a higher F-number I should have also raised my ISO to get to an exposure of about 10 seconds. Using a tripod to stabilize the shot and a remote trigger to keep my fingers away from the camera, I made the shot.

In post I lowered the highlights a little bit and raised the shadows. Just anough to see some more detail in the photo. That made this shot a great impulsive photo!

Camera settings:

Camera Model Canon EOS 1100D
Lens Model EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Accesoires used Tripod and remote trigger
Exposure 10 seconds
F-number 5
ISO 100
Focal Length 50 mm