Lightning Chase Night!

July 25, 2012 saw just about every storm chaser in southern ontario pulling an all nighter. A front moving across from Michigan was set to produce some severe weather over night, this was also the night I got to really test out my new lightning trigger. The storms were set to hit almost all of Southern Ontario with some severe weather – not wanting to miss any of the action – I had set up one camera pointed at the Toronto skyline attached to a lightning trigger, and brought the other out with me into the field. The storms this night did NOT disappoint, they came about 2 hours later than expected – but when they did they came with a vengeance!  I parked myself right in the path of where the strongest cell looked like it would go and it roared in with continuous lightning, pea sized hail and HEAVY rains.

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 24mm Shutter Speed 3 sec Aperture f/1.4 ISO/Film 2500

Shelf Cloud by Richard Gottardo (RichardGottardo) on 500px.com
Shelf Cloud by Richard Gottardo

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 24mm Shutter Speed 30 sec Aperture f/2.2 ISO/Film 320

Shelf Cloud Rolling In by Richard Gottardo (RichardGottardo) on 500px.com
Shelf Cloud Rolling In by Richard Gottardo

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 24mm Shutter Speed 30 sec Aperture f/8 ISO/Film 200

Lightning by Richard Gottardo (RichardGottardo) on 500px.com
Lightning by Richard Gottardo

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 24mm Shutter Speed 30 sec Aperture f/8 ISO/Film 200

Lightning Strikes a Tree by Richard Gottardo (RichardGottardo) on 500px.com
Lightning Strikes a Tree by Richard Gottardo

(8 shot composite)
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 30 sec Aperture f/7.1 ISO/Film 100 

Multiple CN Tower Strikes by Richard Gottardo (RichardGottardo) on 500px.com
Multiple CN Tower Strikes by Richard Gottardo

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 30 sec Aperture f/7.1 ISO/Film 100

Lightning Strike Toronto by Richard Gottardo (RichardGottardo) on 500px.com
Lightning Strike Toronto by Richard Gottardo