Apocalypse Now

© Miles Morgan

Photograph by Nikolai Zinoviev, MilesMorganPhotography.com
Location: Mt. St. Helens, Washington, USA
Date: July 25, 20011

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 16mm
Aperature: f/16
ISO/Film: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec
Flash: No
Tripod: Yes

Note: Miles Morgan captured this thunderstorm over Mt. St Helens Volcano in Washington. Thunderstorms are quite rare in the Pacific NorthWest, and dawn thunderstorms are even more elusive. One of the great things about digital photography is that it’s possible to shoot constantly without worrying about wasting film. Once he had the composition set, he just kept firing the shutter. One of the 300+ shots that he took of the same scene produced a beautiful piece of work. It serves as a good reminder that it pays to keep shooting in changing conditions. This scene is so peaceful with the flowers, yet so destructive with the lightning and volcano overlooking the fields. Very nice capture!

Tip: Miles used shutter speed (exposure) of 1/2 of a second which allowed for him to capture the lighting burst without having to perfectly snap the photo in sequence with the flashing lightning. He used an aperture setting of 16 to have less depth of field and more of the scene in focus.

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