Double Yellow Storm Chase

Double Yellow Storm Chase

It’s about 10:00 pm,  about to settle in for the night when I decide to take one last look outside when the sky started to light up.  So off I go to the closest place that it is hitting.  As I am driving I get a text from son telling me the sky is hitting good.  He is my BEST lightning spotter, cause he is always out later in the evening.  So I race to the  lake near my house and as I cross the road over to the lake, in front of me is another storm chaser, pretty funny, so I followed to where I normally would go and then yelled at him “Hey your in my Spot!” . Really did not plan to shot from here just watch to see if there were ground strikes of clear cloud to cloud. The lake was like glass,  and could have been some good reflections. But it was hitting by a view to houses and I am not thrilled with that view. The sky was lighting up pretty good with big giant burst.   Hung out and chatted with him for a few minutes then off to a place that I thought would be good.  Did not like the composition set up and the burst were inside the clouds with a few bolts popping out, but that changes real quick and is always fun to watch.  On the way to the first stop I even saw a cop parked on the side of the road out of his car watching the show.  Now the storm is starting to head east and I can see it hitting in another favorite spot that has a few good compositions to choose from.


So here we are on the double yellow lines, with a little light painting to light them up. When that say isolated thunderstorms you can see how this one is “isolated”, with star trails above and around the thunderhead.  White fence, and that is Colorado I-25 with car light trails buzzing by and lightning hitting in the background.


Would have liked to been here a little earlier  when the bolts were a little closer in but as we say… “it is , what it is” .  At this point it’s almost midnight,  I decided to not chase this storm to Nebraska as it head further east and to head home. I am one that likes the storms to come to me :).  Hope you like this image as much as I did making it.   This is in southwest Weld County, settings – ISO 500 – f3.5 – 28mm – 30 sec exposure.  Hope you love this image as much as I did making it.




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About BoulderCountyPhotographer

James "Bo" Insogna was Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. He studied with the New York Institute of Photography. He Started his photography career 1984. He opened a studio in Boulder, Colorado downtown on the Boulder mall. Shooting for local newspapers, magazines, Skiing, Bicycling, models portfolios and some commercial work. In 1987 the economy got bad in Boulder so he decided to make a move to Scottsdale Arizona. Once in Arizona, He became a staff photographer for the Phoenician Arabian Horse Magazine doing the covers, inside lay outs and a two page spread called Bo Trek. In the late 1980's - 1990's he was a respected member of the Arabian Horse Community in Arizona, chosen to photograph champions, riders, trainers and owners. From the first Arizona lightning monsoon season, Bo very quickly became a Lightning Storm Chaser., and aka was born. A very fun, exciting and dangerous job! Since 1987 he has spent many years pursuing elusive lightning storms spanning miles of natural desert. It takes great dedication, courage and desire to grip a metal camera upon a metal tripod astride mountain peaks with lightning crashing mere paces away. His prints reflect the courage and passion he feels for his art. He has been featured on television and in print. In 1991 The VVA honored him by choosing his Photograph "Operation Desert Storm" as the official print of the Arizona Desert Storm Memorial Fund. The men and the flag represent the "Operation" and the Victory and Liberation of Kuwait. The Saguaro represents the "Desert" and the men and women who served in the Gulf. The Lightning represents the "Storm" and the Air War with swift, precise strikes. Twenty years after leaving Boulder, Bo decided to relocate his family back in Colorado. He settled in Boulder County. Lovin Life in Boulder County! Facebook Twitter G+ Bo featured on ABC News TV 15 Bo featured on TV 3

Posted on May 21, 2014, in Lightning Thunderstorm Weather Photography, Long Exposure, Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

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