Caught in a Lightning Storm - Landscape and Wildlife Photography Vlog / by Adam Karnacz

Another photographic adventure that ends in some extreme photographic conditions. I start the day in Bempton Cliffs capturing some birds in flight and finish the day in Flamborough in a lightning storm. A Wildlife photography and landscape photography vlog.

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Landscape and Wildlife Photography

After many people enjoyed my vlog the other week that incorporated both landscape photography and wildlife photography I decided I would do it again. This time the day was to start RSPB Bempton Cliffs where there was a perfect opportunity to photograph some amazing Gannets on the Yorkshire coast cliffs. 

Shooting the Gannets

I started with a rough plan to capture one bird in flight and also a portrait style shot of the bird sitting in, or near to, the nest. Gannets are relatively rare but in this location, at this time of year there are splendid, and numerous, opportunities to capture some good images. I managed to position myself for a few good compositions and came away with everything I needed.

Flamborough Head

Once we left Bempton, Lyle and I travelled a few miles South down the coast to the spectacular Flamborough Head. After a quick refuelling on some fish and chips we headed back out to capture some Landscape Photography. We had just enough time to get the DJI Mavic Pro drone up before the weather moved in. The British weather can never be relied upon, even in July and today was no different. The down pour started moments after the drone had landed and got progressively worse. At this point it was still forecast to clear up so we held out, hoping for clearer skies at sunset time. It never came. What did come was a pretty large lightning storm.

The big finish

In the vlogs it is important to finish with a good image. Whilst this is often not the reality of a landscape photography shoot, it produces a much more satisfying climax to the film for me, and i think, for the audience. With this in mind, I was determined to get a great shot to finish with. I knew it was not going to be easy. With the total lack of interesting light and the fast approaching lightning, I had to work very fast and hard to find an interesting shot. Using the lighthouse as the focal point of my composition, I finished the day on a high, albeit a very wet one.

Saftey in a Lightning Storm

SAFTEY NOTICE - Lightning storms can be dangerous, especially in exposed landscapes. I, in no way recommend that you go out shooting in such conditions.  Please be safe when shooting landscape photography.

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