We finally received some much needed, widespread rain last night in Iowa. It was accompanied by some very vivid displays of lightning. As the storms approached, the lightning was non-stop, so I had plenty of safe time to figure out how to snap some shots. That task is certainly a challenge. Patience and timing are key ingredients to success. Oh, and, of course, vivid lightning. I set my camera on shutter priority and got the best results with speed set at between 1.3 and 2 seconds. That meant I had to release the shutter right at the moment the strike occurred.
Here are a few looking to the west from my backyard.