Thunder & Lightning - It's Getting Exciting
Original FB Post here. Commentary is auto-translated from French.
After these periods of restrictions and confinement, we had the opportunity to leave for a few days with my friend Didier for a meeting under the stars.
It still took a hell of a lot of trickery to outsmart the disturbed weather last weekend. Sunday July 4, after a very wet crossing of Switzerland, the weather is fine around Lugano. The forecast models herald a multicellular thunderstorm cell over the Gulf of Trieste and a nice prospect to catch sprites.
We decide to land at Mottarone, a summit overlooking Lake Maggiore in Italy. From its 1400 meters, the clouds dissipate quickly and the view is completely clear to the East. At 10:44 pm, a first sprite is captured, we show that we are on the right track.
40 minutes later, it's Didier who photographs a larger specimen to the left of the first one, he is directly above a characteristic mountain, the Monte Campo dei Fiori.
Now it's easy to aim the trigger area with a 105mm lens in portrait mode.
At 11:30 p.m., a magnificent jellyfish deploys its red filaments on the pointed top ... the satisfaction of a nice catch and certainly my most beautiful sprite catch in a landscape.
To find out more about this phenomenon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper-atmospheric_lightning
Exifs: Sony a7s1 - Nikkor firstname.lastname@example.org - 1 / 25s - ISO 30,000 - Atomos recorder - image taken from video
— with Didier Plassard.