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"here comes the storm" time-lapse images

Published July 17th, 2012

Victoria isn't a city that gets many lightning storms. So the lightning on July 13, 2012 was a perfect opportunity to take my metal tripod up on the roof and take some photos. Maybe not the greatest idea but I had fun. I haven't used my intervalometer very much so I decide to try some time-lapses. It worked out OK but I mostly learned a lot of what not to do.

You can view the time-lapse here:


Here are some of the +1000 photos I took that night.

here comes the storm

This is a 39 image 180 degree panorama of the storm going over Victoria, BC.

You can view the full resolution version here:

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 15mm / f/5.6 / 1/250 sec

fly away

Birds flying away from the storm as it approaches.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 40mm / f/5.6 / 1/80 sec


This is one image from the longest sequence I took. I took 366 images before it got to dark and I had to adjust the exposure. You can faintly see a rainbow among some rain.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 15mm / f/22 / 2 sec


The lightning was going crazy in this one area. I have 5 images from a 20 min period but I know I missed a few.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 16mm / f/3.5 / 8 sec


Another shot.

note: Rain drops are attracted to lenses. I need to get a hood or something.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 15mm / f/3.5 / 8 sec

zoom zoom zoom

I played with zoom pan time-lapses. I think they might have some potential for a cool project.



The lighting started acting up a bunch in the east as the night sky rolled in. The strikes were a lot closer completely lighting up the sky above me.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 15mm / f/3.5 / 6 sec

mc power

This strike was about closer than I thought I counted to 5. So It was about a mile away. I was thinking it was 5 miles away.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 15mm / f/3.5 / 6 sec

protect your deck

This one was even closer. I barely made it to 4.

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 15mm / f/3.5 / 6 sec

close call

It started to rain again so this was the last strike I got before I decided to back it in. With the rain drop on the lens it made it kind of makes it look like the lighting struck the tree.

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