20141008 Cell Phone Lightning Shots

Capturing lightning on a cell phone camera can be difficult. It’s about timing. Maybe there’s an app out there that does continuous shot like my SLR does, but my camera phone needs me to press the damn button every time, and there’s a few seconds between when it takes the picture and when I can take the next one. I’ve had zero success in capturing lightning on my cell phone camera every time I’ve tried.

But on October 8th we had a great storm roll in over Meridianville and just north of Moore’s Mill (Chase Valley), Alabama. The view in my back yard was amazing and the lightning was incredible! Bolts and fingers everywhere! I tapped the hell out of that button and BAM! Not only did I get one, but I got several. I’m including all the ones I got, even the mediocre ones, because I’m just too damn excited that I caught lightning on my cell phone camera! As always, you can click on the picture to see the larger image.

I got super excited when I captured this tiny little bit of lightning. If only I had known what was coming!

I got super excited when I captured this tiny little bit of lightning. If only I had known what was coming!

Oh, I captured another one! I'm so excited at this point I can barely hold the camera still! But the best was yet to come...

Oh, I captured another one! I’m so excited at this point I can barely hold the camera still! But the best was yet to come…

Hell yeah! A full bolt. Too bad it's distorted and hard to see really well. But hey, I got one with my cell phone! But wait... there's more!

Hell yeah! A full bolt. Too bad it’s distorted and hard to see really well. But hey, I got one with my cell phone! But wait… there’s more!

OH HELL YEAH! I was so excited after this shot that I almost dropped my cell phone. But the surprises weren't done.

OH HELL YEAH! I was so excited after this shot that I almost dropped my cell phone. But the surprises weren’t done.

Finger lightning coming from the East. My excitement was less dramatic by this point, but it was still awesome to see this on my cell phone screen.

Finger lightning coming from the East. My excitement was less dramatic by this point, but it was still awesome to see this on my cell phone screen.

This is the last lightning I captured. It's not a full bolt, but I think the small bolts inside the cloud are gorgeous. So it's a keeper!

This is the last lightning I captured. It’s not a full bolt, but I think the small bolts inside the cloud are gorgeous. So it’s a keeper!

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