July 1st, 2015
I live in the Sarasota/Tampa area (the lightning capital of the nation) and was setting up for an evening shoot with one of my favorite realtors. Today was extremely hot and humid, but very sunny and a beautiful sky.
I was standing on an aluminum ladder, waiting for the landscape lighting to come. As I tripped the shutter (2 second delay), I saw a bright flash and heard the loudest explosion. A huge thunder/rain storm came from no ware, and lightning was shooting across the sky sideways, and striking all around.
The agent was very impressed that I stayed outside and tried to get her the shot she needed. She said to me “now that’s dedication” I said, no, that’s stupidity.
I decided it was a good time to grab my equipment, run into the house and change my shorts. When I hit the review button on my camera, I saw the image above.
This was the 2nd time in a few years, that I have been so close to being fried on a photo shoot.
One of the joys of living here in the sunshine state, and still beats shoveling snow in NY.