It was approximately 9:40 PM and I happened to glance out the window. Happy to see a sky full of stars, I quickly ventured into the backyard. As I was traversing the lawn I suddenly noticed flashes illuminating the sky from behind a tree. I surmised that I was seeing light from a thunderstorm. Upon this realization, I quickly reentered the house to fetch my camera and tripod. With equipment in hand, I quickly ventured onto the roof. Reassuringly, a thunderstorm was raging offshore with consistent flashes of lightning. As if that wasn't enough, a sky painted of stars looked down upon me with the Milky Way Galaxy stretching across the middle. I quickly set up my tripod. I then manually focused on the brightest star I could find and dialed in a preliminary composition of f/1.4, 20 seconds, ISO 1600. As my handy piece of technology recorded the moment, I began to hear the faint call of birds. The song gradually increased in volume and as the birds flew over my head, the melody seemed to be emanating from the heavens above. Nearly every 10 seconds, lightning lit up the storm clouds. The distant tumult spoke naught, performing a silent show for any creature eager to watch.
I have always dreamt of photographing lightning and The Milky Way together. That quick glance at the night sky was very rewarding. I appreciate nature immensely. For me, in this instance, it was more about the experience than the product. I'm not pumped about the composition and I would have preferred a closer view of the storm. But you gotta work with what you got because your never gonna have everything you want. Keep your eyes open and stay vigilant and you may be rewarded!