12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Sky Lights

In order to get really great storm and lightning photographs, you got to get up and go - sometimes at the last minute as one develops. During this storm season, I watched as a string of storms formed along the edge of a cold front colliding with warm air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. I love this time of year! Its only a matter of time before BOOM! And as the day dropped into evening, the light show was on... Grabbing my camera and equipment, I set out driving in the direction of the brightest lighting blasts. By the time the central part of this storm settled over Big Spring, Texas, I was desperate for a foreground subject. I knew time was ticking - as the storm was starting to calm.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2012
Date Uploaded: 10.2014
Photo Location: Big Spring, Texas, United States of America
Camera: SLT-A77V
Copyright: © Craig Bill