Elston Hill has done it again – this time capturing an amazing power of a lightning strike and its reflection in Puget Sound, photographed from Burien on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

“We seem to be experiencing more lightning this spring,” Elston said. “Several weeks ago, we had a great lightning storm, particularly for this area, but I had no luck catching the lightning. I could not trigger the shutter fast enough. So, I went on the internet and found this device to attach to the camera. Just prior to the lightning, there is a burst of infrared light which this device detects to trigger the shutter when the lightning strikes. “The forecast for Tuesday said possible lightning, but then the forecast dropped the lightning. So, I had my camera ready but not totally set up. This evening I suddenly saw a flash of lighting. I managed to set up the camera in time to get this one picture of a lightning strike west of Vashon. The first version shows the lightning and a long reflection. The second version is the same picture cropped.”
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Since we get so little lightning in our area, I may have to wait until another year for a better lightning picture. But someday it will happen. Here is the same view from Sunday evening:

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4 replies on “PHOTOS: Amazing capture of lightning strike as seen from Burien”

  1. Okay, just when a person thinks ‘…. another sunset picture’, you come along and give me TWO that make me feel like they were made just for me! Thank you Elston, You are a blessing. (I encourage everyone to take a minute and download, to take a close look at these beauties.)

  2. I love your photos, Elston! I will continue to subscribe to the BTownBlog after I move just to see your pictures!
    Thanks for the great art! Pat Paulsen

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