Wide Angle Lightning

In my small experience in setting up for lightning shots, it’s worked best for me to try and get to high ground (you know, where it’s safest from getting hit by lightning) and open up your lens as wide as possible to cover as much sky real estate as possible.  Effective cropping can be done later, to create the look of the photo that best suits where the lightning struck.

Wide Lightning Illinois William Woodward

Depending on how many strikes and how far away they are really dictates the types of colors that come out in a shot.  While some become extremely vibrant, others nearly go to black and white, which can look pretty cool itself.

Wide  Lightning 2 Illinois William Woodward

These bolts all struck within five or so seconds of each other, but since the exposure was so long, they all look to be happening simultaneously.