There is something about a good storm cell, where else can we see so much energy released on such a grand scale, in such relative safety?
With that in mind, I found myself with the family in tow, all in the car driving home from work/childcare. It was on one of those late Summer days where the sky is clear, with the exception of a lone storm cell flashing it's way from right to left. This time of year storms always come from the same direction.
My wife knew exactly what I was going to say before I even thought of uttering it.
"If it's OK, I'm going to drop you both off at home, grab my camera gear & tripod and chase that Sucker down to the beach? I'll be back in time for dinner."
I got to beach just in time to watch the storm recede across the harbour. But with distance from the storm, come the benefits of a still, warm and calm evening.
To be honest, setting up tri-pods, remote triggers and camera settings in 40 knot winds and rain at night, takes the fun out of photography. But I got to sit and watch the light show Mother Nature was putting on in the distance in relative comfort. I would occasionally hit "GO" on the remote shutter release, getting excited when arcs of lightening would fill the sky while the shutter was open. All the while, eyes glued to the horizon in anticipation for the next fork of lightening.
Standing there, taking in the spectacle - I was happy, in the truest sense of the word.
I even made it home in time for Dinner, as promised.