So deep down I was a little excited to be going to Florida for Spring Break a quick work trip because of the proximity of crazy spring break kids possibility for good sunsets and the prospect of a good work environment. But instead of bringing suntan lotion and a Borat “mankini” I should have brought an umbrella and rain booties. Tampa experienced one of the fiercest storms on record dumping as much as 4” of rain in an hour, 80mph winds and was in an all-day tornado warning. Two tornados touched down within a mile of where I was working which put the base on lockdown and the building power went out.
Being the typical Californian, I wanted to go out in the middle of it to experience the crazy weather, so I drove to Clearwater Wednesday afternoon hoping for a sunset, but instead got an intense electric storm. I met another guy there who was much more experienced in photographing lightning and was willing to share some secrets. I positioned this shot straight down the middle of the old slabs used to keep the pier up, and was safe under the existing part of it (as you can see from the map to the right) I was doing rapid-fire 15” shots and then commanded lightning to strike right in the middle (yes, I pointed like Babe Ruth), and sure enough a couple minutes later… I got it. I was thrilled but he was upset because he’s been trying to get that shot for years. Beginner's luck.
This was all I got from my trip. Literally. Well besides the drunken shots of us all salsa dancing at night.