Risk factor ...... Way over 100%

All I can say was ...... HOLY MOLEY, that was a close one!

Actually what I said was," HOLY $&@#%#! This is crazy fun!

But only after 8 exposures, BAM! The largest lightning bolt I ever came face to face with, struck the Chicago skyline, right in front of me! It was one of the most scariest moments of my life while taking photos. But I knew I was able to captue it, the "once in a lifetime" shot! I raced back into the car and that's when the hail started coming down. In certain parts of the city, baseball sized hail shattered many car windshields. Luckily, I was spared.

The lessons from this experience are:

(if you know the timeframe is small)

1. Be prepared mentally prior to arriving on location.

2. Have your camera settings preset for the stituation.

3. Have the legs of the tripod already fully extended and locked.

4. Attach camera on tripod securely.

So when I got out there, all I had to do was grab the camera, umbrella, and had the focus ring on infinity, and started clicking away.

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July 08, 2011

Hunor83

Great image!!!

July 08, 2011

Cafebeanzphoto

Thank you, Francesca.

July 08, 2011

Francy874

Great shot, congratulations!!! Bye, Francesca

July 06, 2011

Cafebeanzphoto

Thanks to everyone for these great comments! @Southernstar71, and maybe some thigh high goloshes and a hazmat suite! Hee,hee !

July 06, 2011

Marilynv

"HOLY MOLEY" that is a great shot~congratulations on the fine capture!

July 06, 2011

Cmoulton

Great Job! And I loved the vicarious adrenaline rush I got from reading this post! Exciting! Hope you sell lots of downloads on this one :)

July 06, 2011

Jeniicorv8

Amazing!

July 06, 2011

Southernstar71

In those situations, there's one more thing you need: a wireless remote control. Just in case lightning was to hit the camera, you don't want to be connected to it!

Great shot, by the way.

July 06, 2011

Irisangel

Great shot! I hope it sells well for you. Nice portfolio!

July 06, 2011

Cafebeanzphoto

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It's very humbling to receive so many comments.

July 06, 2011

Rigsby8131

Incredible photo!!! Hope it gets the many sales it deserves.

Best wishes
Chris

July 06, 2011

Egomezta

Wow, this is an amazing photo. Congratulations.

July 06, 2011

Nero67

Great image!!!

July 06, 2011

FabioConcetta

Amazing image, good work!

July 06, 2011

Mariaam

It is an amazing photo!!!!!!

July 06, 2011

Cafebeanzphoto

Thanks for the kind comments. @Karen , took a peek at your pictures, I like what I see. :) @tamera , I saw your collection also, wow! @Linda, I really enjoyed your outdoor photos.

July 06, 2011

Haslinda

What an awesome shot! I second Elianehaykal's comment - submit it for the city assignment! What a great feeling, yeah?

July 06, 2011

Tamarabauer

Truly fantastic image, great timing!

July 06, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

Awesome!

July 06, 2011

Cafebeanzphoto

Thanks everyone for the the great comments!

July 06, 2011

Martingraf

cool! I love lightning and even got struck one time but wasn't able to take a photo.

July 06, 2011

Rosedarc

Wow! Looks very scary...

July 06, 2011

Elianehaykal

You definitely should enter it in DT's assignment :) If you want to, you have to upload it again and when it gets accepted, disable it from the regular uploads.

July 06, 2011

Julia161

Great image!

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