On a cloudy night

Lighthing on the horizon

The auro­ra fore­cast was great, but the earth­ly fore­cast was clouds, clouds, clouds. I ven­tured out any­way, hop­ing against hope for a small break in the clouds.

On the back road I chose, there were clouds all around, and lightning—lots of it—to the south and east. I did­n’t hear any thun­der, but there were moments where the clouds lit up from with­in. I man­aged to get one bright bolt in focus.

Look­ing up, I saw that there was indeed a break in the clouds, just large enough for Jupiter to shine through. If you view the pho­to full-size, you’ll see two moons as well: Cal­lis­to on the left and Ganymede on the right (if I’m using this tool correctly).

Jupiter, with Callisto and Ganymede visible

Then, before head­ing home, I decid­ed to take a cou­ple shots of the north­ern sky. There was a hint of green to it. This is the best pho­to I man­aged of the auro­ra try­ing to peek through the clouds.

Clouds with a bit of auroral green

And then I went home.

The Late Show

Lightning above the trees

There was a 3 AM thun­der­storm. I decid­ed that, if I was­n’t going to be able to sleep, I might as well set up my camera.

These were the two shots where I cap­tured light­ning (out of about 150 frames). This was as the storm was waning.


Lightning in the clouds

After this after­noon’s storm had most­ly moved on, I set up my cam­era upstairs. In about 1500 pho­tos, I got one good shot of lightning.

2 sec­ond expo­sure, ISO 100, 24mm, f/22 (as high as my cam­era would let me go), with a polar­iz­er and a neu­tral-den­si­ty fil­ter on the lens.

Here’s a video, too, of about 40 min­utes’ worth of storm clouds rolling through, con­densed into 44 sec­onds or so.

Light show


Last night, about 11:30 PM, I set up my cam­era in the spare room upstairs, to try and catch some light­ning dur­ing the storm.

The head­er image above is a com­pos­ite of about 15 frames where I cap­tured light­ning bolts. Below are two of the indi­vid­ual frames.

And here’s a video of the whole show (10s frames at 6 frames a sec­ond means that one sec­ond of video rep­re­sents one minute of real time).