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Wedding Ribbons

By DAN ROBINSON
Storm Chaser/Photographer
25 Years of Storm Chasing
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My sister Katie got married Saturday, May 27, 2000 to Randy Barnes in Clayton, North Carolina (15 miles east of Raleigh). The reception was held in Smithfield, about 10 more miles to the southeast. Right after the traditional bride/groom dance outdoors, at 6:00 pm this large storm moved the festivities inside.

Daytime lightning is always difficult to shoot. And despite this storm's intense lightning activity, after 1 1/2 rolls of film worth of 3-second exposures, this bolt was the only catch. With all the power lines, the view wasn't too great either- but considering I had to shoot this storm in a tux, it was the best view I could find without getting soaked.

As is typical with most daytime lightning photos, the branches are almost altogether washed out here. But the classic 'ribbon' effect (from the return strokes moving sideways in the wind) came out halfway decent (zoomed-in image, below right).

This lightning bolt was about 3/4 mile away- I only wish it had been closer.

Camera/Lens/Film: 35mm Pentax K1000 SLR, 28mm lens, Kodak 100 ASA.
Exposure: 2 seconds @ F11

Ribbons:

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