High Plains Drifter

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April 20, 2009

Chase Acct: April 16, 2009 (Southwest KS)

Filed under: Chase Accounts,Latest Chases,Storm Chasing — Mike U @ 4:20 am

April 16, 2009 — Daytime lightning images near Sitka, KS

I set out from Dodge City to chase some elevated thunderstorms with the sole objective to capture some daytime lightning images.  I had just arrived home from a very long road trip to Las Vegas, NV for a bowling tournament at around 7:00am.  After about 3.5 hours of sleep, I woke up and noticed decent thunderstorms on radar to the southwest of Dodge City with rather prolific lightning production.  I was immediately intrigued and with the activity moving closer to Dodge City, I decided to make a go at some lightning photography.  I left Dodge around 12:30pm, and about 10 miles south of town, realized I had forgotten my tripod.  Obviously, for the kind of images I wanted, I absolutely needed the tripod, so I went back home to retrieve it.  On the way back home, I briefly visited with Robin Lorenson, Mike Phelps, and Aaron Blaser in town as they were on their way to Colorado for a late afternoon/evening storm chase.  Since I had to be at work at midnight, I could not chase that far from Dodge.   I decided to intercept storms moving north out of far northwest Oklahoma into Clark County, so I drove to Bucklin then south to Sitka.  I reached the storms of interest just south of Sitka where I set up at a location for about 20 minutes.  I did manage to capture a few cloud-to-ground flashes using the Lightning Trigger, although I overexposed one of them at f/11 since the flash was so close!



  1. You’re really making me want to lay out the $300 for a lightning trigger. :) Quite cool stuff. You’ve inspired Darren A. to more or less invent a lightning trigger for his Pentax digital camera using off-the-shelf Pentax accessories designed for other things.

    Comment by Ryan M — April 20, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Actually, my parts arrived today, so I’m pumped! I’m going to breadboard it first for testing purposes and then learn to solder (grin) before committing them to the stripboard. You better hope it works, Mr. McGinnis, because I bought enough parts to make two. (big grin) Total parts outlay: $30 (for the Canon, we’ll need to procure something to cannibalize the N3 connector from.)

    Comment by Darren Addy — April 22, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  3. First you tag team each other’s posts on Stormtrack and now you bring it to Mike U’s blog. For someone who chases 3 times a year, I highly doubt spending $300 on anything to do with chasing, would be wise investment. Your homoerotic posts to each other make me so sick that I think about becoming straight again. Keep patting yourselves on the back.

    Comment by Mark Farnik — April 25, 2009 @ 10:06 am

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