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.

Photo credits: Cafebeanz Company.

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Cafebeanzphoto

Thank you, Francesca.

Francy874

Great shot, congratulations!!! Bye, Francesca

Cafebeanzphoto

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

Marilynv

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

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 :)

Jeniicorv8

Amazing!

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.

Irisangel

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

Cafebeanzphoto

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

Rigsby8131

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

Best wishes
Chris

Egomezta

Wow, this is an amazing photo. Congratulations.

Nero67

Great image!!!

FabioConcetta

Amazing image, good work!

Mariaam

It is an amazing photo!!!!!!

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.

Haslinda

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

Tamarabauer

Truly fantastic image, great timing!

Cafebeanzphoto

Thanks everyone for the the great comments!

Martingraf

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

Rosedarc

Wow! Looks very scary...

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.

Julia161

Great image!

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