Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Photo Ops...

Two magnificent Bull Moose clash,horn to horn in mortal combat,over territorial imperatives in the lush green marshlands of Minnesota!
Taken at great risk to the photographer,..at night.

Okay,..that was lame.
But!..We did have a record thunderstorm right here in O-Town recently,and I managed to capture a couple of minutes on video for posterity!
This was a huge deal in this part of California.
Over one-thousand lightening strikes in a matter of just a few hours!

I know..It doesn't especially compare to those glorious and apocalyptic boomers that occur in many parts of the country..
Lord he'p me,..I miss those Jovian battles on The Grand Mesa of Colorado,that all but turn your bone marrow into Jell-O.
Still,this was pretty damm impressive,in a laid back Northern California sorta way!

Have you ever tried to grab a still shot of lightning?
You have to point your camera in an anticipated direction,wait for the flash of light,click the shutter on the camera,and hope that it digitally registers in time to catch the forked beast at the precise moment of optimum,..ummm,..fork-ed-ness.

Or,you can just take a video into Windows Movie Maker,and do a frame-by-frame search.
..That's what I did.



At 5:54 PM , Blogger cs said...

you did pretty good getting these ....not bad thunder-wonder....I'll have to try up here..we've had some pretty good bumpers recently but I am a thunder-dunder.

At 6:03 PM , Blogger jan said...

You had a thunderstorm? we had some pitiful raindrops that barely wet the ground down here.

At 6:24 PM , Blogger Willym said...

Ain't old mother Nature grand?

At 7:07 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i think tesla must be monkeying around with something in heaven.

At 7:09 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Cool! I love thunderstorms! *smiles*

If you get a sec, check out this Chicago lightning pic that Iwanski took a couple of years ago:


We get some crazy storms here sometimes! :)

At 7:15 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

That is soooo excellent!! Can Slingshot Productions apply for grants? We miss lightning storms a whole lot. Just not enough to put up with the snow storms and interminably long winters. Am I wrong or don't those go hand in hand?

At 8:27 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Holy hell! What a fine storm! Thanks for sharin'.

At 8:30 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

I love thunderstorms, especially at night. Great background for sleeping. One of the dogs hates them though. He runs into the shower stall and curls up in the corner. He'll probably be the only survivor if we get a tornado.

At 6:34 AM , Blogger Mom said...

We woke up to powerful thunder and lightning yesterday and then went to bed to to cacophony of another monster storm last night. I love being safe and snug inside while storms rage around me.

At 8:14 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

Quite the show.....while these kinds of storms are spectacular, i hate it when the power goes out....no water or toileting.

At 8:34 AM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

i love thunderstorms...and texas thunderstorms rock...the lightning will light up the skies for the longest....i mean you can leave the house and walk to the truck and do it all in the light of the lightning...did ya get any hail?...hail the size of canned hams?..(thanks letterman)....oh that's right..your not in texas..ha..great pictures..

At 10:19 AM , Blogger Anne said...

I have tried to photograph lightning. It's not easy. I'll have to try it your way some time.

I need to put your video on a loop, I like the sound of thunderstorms.

At 2:21 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

We got the lightning down here too. one lady took shelter under a tree and the lightning still got her right in the neck.

At 3:00 PM , Blogger Sling said...

CS- It's not the thunder that'll get ya doll..but you knew that ;)

Jan- Several days of high temps wound that delta breeze up pretty good!.
Still,it really was a rare occurrence.

Willym- She's glorious!
Sometimes,she reminds my of my own dear ol' mom.

Billy P.- Oh,you can bet Tesla is up there,tinkerin' around with all those wonderful electric toys.

Miss HP- Iwanski always takes great pix!..Thanks for the link. :)

Booda Babe- I think they actually do go hand in hand.
I enjoy a good Colorado blizzard just as much as an earth shaking T-storm on thunder mountain.

Rainey- It was a fine storm indeed!..Sorta like a rock concert,only without that annoying wait in line.

Thinker- Is it wierd that we find all that chaos soothing?
..so be it.

Mom- There it is.
Huddled in caves with our loved ones during such events is largely responsible for civilization as we know it!

Rosie- Our power went out like,five times,but came back on within a few seconds.
By the way,your water heater holds probably 30 or more gallons of clean water for all those H2O type necessities.

Yellerdawg- Oh,you kids down in Texas definitely get some of the best weather shows on earth!
I remember seeing what I considered 5 tornados rolling acroos the plains..The locals called 'em 'Dust Devils'.

Anne- Clipping frames from video is the easiest way I've found so far.
At least,with the limits of my little digital camera.
I confess,the video I posted was edited from about 20 minutes of just pointing may camera in the direction of the storm...It came out pretty seamless. :)

Sage- Okay..What kind of terminal idiot hides under a tree during a thunderstorm??..I mean,..Damm.

At 2:45 AM , Blogger more cowbell said...

Wow, very cool. We get tons of rain here, but almost never storms. I never thought I'd miss storms, but I do.

I do not, however, miss tornadoes.


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