Visibility II / V
September 24-25 there were thunderstorms quite abundant compared to the season. The thunder continued on 26.9. even the night before. 25.9. late in the evening I set out to see the shores of a nearby lake for distant lightning strikes on the western horizon. The sky was almost cloudless. According to the locations, the thunderstorms were about 200km away from my observation site.
In the dark autumn night, faint flashes appeared as if from time to time. Circumstances called autumn night perpetuation, the starry sky and lightning reflections made the situation quite inspiring. On top of all that, the conditions were favorable for the upper flash photography company. I started the shooting session at 11:30 pm and put the camera on a serial fire. I started from a wide angle because at first I wanted to capture the landscape as a whole.
After a while, I switched to a larger focal length and seriously tried to get flares and possible flashes in the picture. Hundreds of photos accumulated from the session, but they remained unchecked on the card for months. However, the distant reflections of the flash were not so handsome, and with the naked eye I did not observe the upper flashes.
Now, in April 2021, the depleting space on the memory card was allowed to inspect and delete images to increase space. For the first time, I went through the September flash session carefully. The surprise was quite good, when in one of the squares you could find quite a few fairy flashes with a beautiful night lake landscape. What a discovery! Good thing I didn't have time to delete the pictures without checking!
For the sake of certainty, I decided to look through the generous image balance very carefully once again. And no matter what, there were two more weak cases found on the screens. I am convinced of their authenticity. For the first time, the viewer is unlikely to stand out from these more inconspicuous cases. Another weak case is the red fairy flash start at the very top of the image. If the cropping of the image had extended higher, the fairy flash would probably have appeared better and brighter. Another case is the reddish "fan" in the middle of the time taken in the right half of a wide-angle (foggy) image. In both cases, the horizon shows a distant flash reflection at the same time (compared to adjacent frames). One of the images is a mere lightning strike.
Top flashes are such a rare bonga with a SLR camera that this was forced to be shared here as well. This experience of mine proves that it is always worth a try if intuition takes you in that direction in the slightest. Wishing you a good upper lightning hunt for everyone,