... 'Another Blue Bird'
Today I wanted to try and capture daytime lightening bolts manually. There was a severe thunderstorm bearing down on my location.... so I grabbed my gear, hopped in the truck and drove to a large cornfield that has the correct open exposure to try this based on the direction the storm was approaching. I had the NOAA NWS Radar up on my iPad, and the Weather Channel's 'Future' Radar running on my phone. Both were propped up against the windshield.
I love storms of all kinds... I have always wanted to be a storm chaser out west. But I chase birds... not a bad way to spend a day :D .
Well, there were 4 bolts that would have made for excellent images... but they were on the other section of sky than I was shooting. I had a 16-35mm f/2.8L on the 5D Mark III... so I was covering a lot of sky... just not the right parts. So I re-positioned so I was shooting the same general area as the first bolt... and of course, the next one was right where I had been staking out just before. And so it went... no lightening bolts caught today.
One thing that made it all worth while however was the 2nd bolt was at the edge of the field, appearing to run thru a vine covered tree which drew my eye over... and there on the top of the tree was an Indigo Bunting (INBU)! My FOY!!! I have been looking for one since the beginning of the migration... so I was over joyed that I found one on territory. While I was there, he came back numerous times to sing, or drop down onto the side to preen... even in the light rain... that soon became a deluge. I never did see the female... she was probably hunkered down from the storm that was upon us.
Male Indigo Bunting (INBU) - In a cornfield during a severe thunderstorm
West Portsmouth Street - Concord, NH, USA 07-17-18
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS USM
ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/1000th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Crop for Composition.
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, NIK, with final editing in Photoshop.
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