Got photo sites?
Why? Because lightning is your friend.
"My weather photography passion consists of observing, reading books, taking photographs and showing my work and obsession to the public, by designing and maintaining this site," writes Harald Edens, who studies physics at the WINS facility of the University of Amsterdam. Edens is also a photographer of
lightning, clouds, atmospheric optical phenomena, astronomy, and operator of
At this website you may find yourself captured and drawn in by a visually stunning home page that offers a tease of what's to come. Sharp electric lightning bolts pierce the page in what seems like only a few feet
away. Warning: Not for the faint of heart.
Edens shares tips on how to photograph lightning and clouds, listing equipment, suitable and unsuitable locations, suitable and unsuitable thunderstorms (not the types you'll get struck by lightning in, which brings
to mind Bill Murray in "Caddyshack," but the types that show up best on film), and preparing your equipment.
Edens offers a section on tips and tricks, equipment he recommends for the task, and "Faqs," a section dedicated to frequently asked questions and answers. Edens even explains why these phenomena occur, making it easier to understand the timing it takes to capture the perfect bolt of lightning or cloud formation.
Though the site is literally a step-by-step guide to weather photography, it is almost tedious to read, with instructions that read much like "set up tripod, load film, mount lens, take lens cap off." However, the awesome photographs you can view in Edens' gallery do arouse an interest in the subject.