I am not often in a location where I can get a great view of lightning. Usually, I’m someplace flat, right in the middle of the storm, which is just about the worst place to get photos of the lightning.
Last summer, a friend had hired me to take pictures of a guest house that she owns, which meant spending a few nights there, getting rooms in a variety of lighting conditions. One night, long after the light had gone for shooting the guest house, a storm brewed up on the hills across the valley.
The storm lasted quite a while, and hung right on top of the one hill, allowing me to take a lot of long-exposure shots. This one has the best balance of light inside the cloud, a lightning bolt coming down from the bottom of it, and just a little glow from a streetlight in the corner. I love the combination of oranges and blues that play throughout the frame.