The Perils Of Doing A Twilight Shoot In The Sunshine State

July 1st, 2015

D7K_5788The image to the right is from a twilight shoot that Eric Hilton isn’t likely to forget soon. Here is Eric’s description:

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.

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5 Responses to “The Perils Of Doing A Twilight Shoot In The Sunshine State”

  • When is the book on natural lightning lighting coming out? Fantastic photo! Hope the agent uses it. 🙂 glad you are safe!

  • So did the agent use the image? I could see why the might not, could convey the wrong message about the house… Striking image though! Sorry, couldn’t help myself 🙂

  • I gave the agent this image, which I think she is going to have a print made for herself, and to give to her client to mount on her wall.

    A few years ago in very wooded location in the Tampa area, I was shooting an elevated image from my 40′ aluminum pole, mounted to my Van. as soon as I heard the thunder, I took the shot and lowered the pole as quickly as I could. About 10 minutes later, lightning hit the tree I was previously standing next to.

    Now, I am waiting to see how long it will take, before my drone gets struck with lightning and knocked out of the sky. So far, only large black birds have attacked my drone, which is very strange. Looks like the Hitchcock movie, the birds.

  • They say the odds of winning power ball lottery are greater than being struck by lightning. With you r two close calls, you probably could have hit the power ball jackpot lottery and forever hang up your Canon Strap on the coat rack. God I hope you are playing the lottery! 🙂

  • wow, that is awesome. glad you didnt get hit.

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