The KOUN S-band research radar, located at the NSSL in Norman, OK, basked in a purple glow from a nearby lightning stroke. Photographed during a thunderstorm in May 2003, this is the last lightning shot I took while in Oklahoma.
Our chase team had just returned from deploying weather balloons, and
I waited behind the main building, with the Doppler radar in my field
of view, until the lightning began to pick up as a thunderstorm
entered town. The purple sky is a typical result from shooting Fuji
Velvia 50 slide film, as is the yellow coloring of the foreground.
This shot turned out to be one of my best catches ever, I think
because it combined the soft quality of the illuminated clouds with
the sharp detail of the individual lightning channels - an effect that
is not possible when shooting lightning with a digital SLR.
Slide film allows for a smooth transition between darker sky to brighter lightning channels. Digital can't duplicate this due to the linear response from CCDs.
See the rest of my lightning photos