After nearly two years of nothing in terms of storm in Brisbane we finally had a very serious storm over the weekend.
A series of super cells, that is extremely volatile and unpredictable storm cells, rolled over the city bringing with them short but very intense periods of wind gusts, deluges of rain/hail and lightning. So. Much. Lightning.
I love the challenge of taking good shots of lightning, my favoured technique is setting up a long exposure (somewhere between 1 to 4 seconds depending on light conditions) and let an intervalometer do the rest.
Typically this will result in 900-1200 shots of which I might get half-dozen decent captures (lightning being unpredictable as it is) and from that maybe two good shots in total. These two are my favourites from the weekend.
A few days ago we had a reasonably impressive lightning storm go through. For an experiment I decided to take some lightning shots in monochrome. The results weren’t super spectacular and I didn’t have a lot of time to fiddle with the settings as the storm only lasted a little while.
Thought I’d look back through my collection of photographs from 2009 and pick out a few highlights. 2009 was a very good year for me with a lot of travel and personal achievements. I’m glad I took photographs along the way. According to my archive I took some 50,000 photos this year. Not all of them were good, a lot are duplicate shots of the same thing but basically everywhere I went so did the camera.
Early in 2009 I took a holiday to the United States – spent time with friends in California and Florida before heading off on y own to New York city and Washington D. C – I had an absolute blast.
I got sent to New Zealand for 3 days for work. It was pretty much raining the entire time I was there but on the last day we got a break in the weather and paid a quick visit to the local botanical gardens.
In a complete surprise I ended up heading back the United States for another work trip. This was a fantastic geek out because I got to visit both the Microsoft and Google campuses (I can comprehensively say the Google one is better). It ended up with a week-long stay in Las Vegas with a quick side trip to the Grand Canyon.
Finally I’ve had the chance to take some fantastic photos a lot closer to home. Here’s a small selection of my favourites.