How I Got the Shot: Stormy Night

It was late March 2017 in the Central Kalahari and when you think Kalahari you think sand dunes and arid plains. But the Central Kalahari is not like that at all.  
I had been watching the weather reports for the weeks leading up to my trip to Botswana and was apprehensive as I did not know what rain in the Kalahari would mean.
On arrival we could see that there had already been a fair amount of rain with large puddles and pools everywhere. We had had a few days of threats of rain, light showers and then, when we got to Piper Pan 1, we had the most amazing day.  
Storms had surrounded us all day long, with curtain downpours and lighting galore. As if in a waltz with the weather we managed to avoid them until nightfall.  
I was on cooking duty that night and between chicken on the fire and dashing back and forth to my camera, setup on a tripod, set to 20 to 30 second exposures at various ISOs from 200 to 400 and apertures to balance the settings as well as a trusted cable release.
I finally managed to… burn the chicken, but I was proud of the fact that I also managed to capture this shot of the most amazing electrical storm I have ever seen in my life. It was a three hour display of epic proportions, enough to put any London New Year’s party fireworks to shame.
Between us my friend and I we must have taken close to 1000 snaps and we were proud to have come away with about six great shots.  

So, at first if you fail, keep on shooting. It will pay off.




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