Photograph by Nick Zantop

While the day was sunny and spectacular, evening brought torrential rain and thunderstorms to South Florida. By 9PM, the storms had mostly moved offshore, so I grabbed an umbrella and my camera and tripod and headed down to the shore. The lightning streaked across the sky every few seconds, so I experimented with exposure lengths and settings to get the best lightning shot I could. I had just tripped the shutter a few seconds before lightning filled the sky and I knew I’d gotten the best shot of the night. I’ve put together my top lightning photography tips on ItsJustLight.

Camera: Canon T3i

Lens: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L ultra-wide angle lens

Exposure: ISO 400, f/11, and a shutter speed of 30 seconds

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