Thunderstorms are a captivating subject for Storm Chasers, combining raw power and mesmerizing beauty. In this guide, I will share with you my passion and tips for capturing these natural wonders..
We will explore the stormy skies of Norfolk, using a Sony a7riii, a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 DG Art lens, and the amazing features of a Pluto Trigger. Join me on this exciting adventure and learn how to master thunderstorm photography with A Storm Chaser’s Guide to Thunderstorm Photography.
Unleashing the Beast: Norfolk’s Thunderstorm Magic
Listen up fellow Storm Chaser’s, Norfolk, with its dramatic skies and sprawling landscapes, provides the perfect stage for nature’s electrifying displays. Before we dive into the technicalities, let’s talk about the sheer awe and wonder that Norfolk’s thunderstorms evoke. The anticipation, the rumble of thunder, the flash of lightning – it’s a symphony of the elements that beckons the daring photographer to capture its dance.
Gear Talk: Sony a7riii, Sigma 24-70, and the Pluto Trigger
Let’s break down the Storm Chaser’s dream team: the Sony a7riii, Sigma 24-70 f2.8 DG Art lens, and the Pluto Trigger. The a7riii’s low-light capabilities and high resolution make it a stellar choice, while the Sigma 24-70 lens delivers sharpness and versatility. The Pluto Trigger? That’s your secret weapon, allowing you to unleash creative possibilities like lightning-triggered shots and time-lapse sequences, it has many more features, but for this guide we will simply focus on the lightning function.
- Aperture: f/2.8 for maximum light capture
- ISO: Keep it low (100-400) for minimal noise
- Shutter Speed: Varies (experiment between 1/500 to 30 seconds)
- Pluto Trigger: Lightning Mode for that perfectly timed shot
Chasing the Storm: Location, Timing, and Patience
A successful Storm Chaser’s thunderstorm photoshoot begins with strategic location scouting. Norfolk’s vast horizons offer plenty of vantage points, from coastal views to open fields. Timing is crucial; keep an eye on weather forecasts and be prepared to move swiftly. And of course, patience is your virtue – storms are unpredictable, and the perfect shot might demand a bit of waiting.
Composition Magic: Framing Lightning Bolts and Moody Skies
Now, let’s talk composition. Lightning bolts are your stars; frame them against moody skies for maximum impact. Experiment with different angles – a wide-angle shot capturing the entire storm or a close-up focusing solely on the jagged beauty of a lightning strike. Norfolk’s unique landscapes provide an array of possibilities.
Pluto Trigger Hacks: Lightning Triggers and Time-Lapse Wonders
The Pluto Trigger is your sidekick in the storm-chasing adventure. Activate the Lightning Mode for precise control over capturing lightning bolts. You simply set your shutter speed to 1/15 sec or slower, dial in on you mobile the ambient light setting through the app and any sudden spikes above that level fire your camera. You can also experiment with time-lapse sequences (if you don’t have the option built in to your camera) to document the storm’s evolution over time. The Pluto Trigger adds a dash of magic to your toolkit, turning your camera into a storm-whisperer.
Safety First: Thunderstorm Photography Etiquette
While the Storm Chaser’s thrill of capturing storms is undeniable, safety should always be a priority. Stay informed about the weather conditions, keep a safe distance from lightning-prone areas, and invest in quality rain gear. Remember, capturing the storm is exhilarating, but returning home safely is paramount.
Conclusion: Dance with the Thunder, Capture the Lightning
As we conclude our journey through the electric symphony of Norfolk’s thunderstorms, remember that each lightning bolt tells a story, and each rumble echoes the power of nature. Armed with your Camera, lens, and some knowledge, you’re not just a photographer – you’re a storm chaser, a conductor of nature’s grand orchestra.
I hope you found this Storm Chaser’s Thunderstorm Photography Guide useful, part 2 will be coming soon, if there’s anything specific you’d like covered, please leave a comment
- Pluto Trigger – Explore the capabilities of the Pluto Trigger, an essential tool for lightning and storm photography, and discover how it can elevate your shooting experience.
- The Weather Channel – Stay updated on Norfolk’s weather conditions and receive real-time forecasts to plan your storm-chasing adventures with precision.
- Sony Alpha Universe – Dive into the world of Sony Alpha cameras, gather tips, and stay informed about the latest features that can enhance your storm photography with the Sony a7riii.
- Sigma Corporation – Learn more about the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 DG Art lens, its specifications, and how it can be a versatile companion for capturing stunning images, even in challenging weather conditions.
- Norfolk Coast AONB – Explore Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to find the best vantage points for storm photography and discover the diverse landscapes waiting to be captured.
- LightningMaps.org – This website provides real-time lightning strike maps, allowing you to track and anticipate thunderstorms in Norfolk and beyond for an enhanced storm-chasing experience.
- More Storm photographs from myself
Mike Olbinski – YouTube My aspiration to capturing Storms