Lightning Strike

This is a photograph I took in the early 1980’s. Was assigned to do documentary photographs of the construction and one night we were having some intermittent rain storms. During a lull I drove over and parked my car on the street in front of the building and set the camera up on a tripod inside shooting out the passenger window. It was pitch black outside and was doing some time exposures with the lightning to see if I could get anything interesting.

Soon after the wind picked up, the rain started falling in buckets and the lightning increased enough that it was too dangerous to keep shooting. After leaving I found out on the news that a tornado had touched down nearby. Well I got real lucky although I didn’t know it until getting the finished transparencies back and saw where the lightning broke off in two places and struck the building. 

Showed the film to the client and they couldn’t believe that I was out there in the storm but liked the picture so much they ran it on the cover and inside of several of their publications. Used a Nikon F2 Photomic camera body with a 24mm lens and scanned the film with a Nikon Coolscan 9000.

Photo © Craig Brewer
Photo © Craig Brewer

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