A mighty sky


I had gone to Thursday night auditions, and we were waiting for someone to unlock the door of the Fly Arts Center. It wasn’t raining where director John Jones and I were standing, but there was plenty of lightning to the north. I took out my little point-and-shoot camera and my tripod, set the camera on fireworks mode, and pointed it in the general direction of the lightning. I started hitting the shutter button over and over again. By the time I had everything set up, the lightning had slowed down a bit, but I kept at it. John pointed out that the lightning was starting to move east, so I swung the camera a little bit to the right.

I must have taken several dozen shots. When I first flipped through them, I zipped past this one somehow and thought I had washed out. Luckily, I took a second look. I am really proud of this photo, and my co-workers have been very complimentary. It’s on today’s front page. (You can order prints or other folderol by clicking on the image above, or at the T-G site.)

5 thoughts on “A mighty sky

  1. Thanks!

  2. Wonderful shot. Persistence and timing are often the key.

  3. Thanks!

  4. That's beautiful, John!

  5. Great job, John. I enjoyed seeing this on the T-G's site. It reminded me of another weather photo taken in early April 1974 which appeared on the front page of the T-G. That pic showed my next door neighbor's front porch lying in our backyard – the big tornado outbreak that day ripped it from their house and threw it back behind our house.

    I was four years old at the time, and my parents cut the picture out for me and tacked it up in my room. I've been fascinated about weather ever since.

    Keep up the great work –

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