Capturing this photo was probably the most difficult landscape photography experience I've ever had. This was the last morning we stayed in Badlands National Park. I planed to shoot sunrise at Wall Trail, and woke up around 4:00 AM. When I opened the door, I saw a severe thunderstorm outside. For most tourists this is the least wanted weather condition, but for photographers it provided the precious opportunity to shoot landscape with incredible lightnings.
I rushed to my car and drove directly to the nearest overlook - Big Badlands Overlook as fast as possible. The wind was so strong that even if I hooked my 15 lb camera bag under the tripod, I could feel that my bag kept shaking. It was so dark that I could barely see the horizon or any foreground detail at all through the viewfinder. I covered my camera by a rainfly and attached the filter to protect the lens. Within about half an hour, I successfully caught a couple of lightnings, and also captured the foreground in a separate shoot using higher iso. The rain became so heavy that within the 30 s exposure the filter on the lens got completely wet. When I finally decided to stop working, I realized that I was the only person at the viewpoint. My feet was trapped in the wet clay, and my clothes and bag soaked all over.