Friday, March 12, 2010
One summer my good friend Scott Hale and I spent quite a few nights chasing storms to try and photograph lightning. The difficult part was getting ahead of them and finding a place to set up so that we could have a good overall foreground scene instead of just photographing lightning in the sky. We chased one all the way up to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Illinois. While standing on the overlook near the top of the bluff looking out over the Illinois River Valley, we thought we had gotten ahead of it and we would get some dramatic shots. But the very powerful storm had gotten in behind us and we did not see it coming until it blew in right over the trees on top of us. We were running for the car with lightning, heavy rain, and powerful winds dropping trees all around. Our success rate was low, but we had a lot of fun and managed not to get killed.