Storm Over Puget Sound

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© Christopher Boswell
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This Storm Pummeled The Puget Sound in the Seattle/Tacoma area for over 10 hours. Several photographers were already set up when I arrived to this spot on Queen Anne overlooking the Marina and Bainbridge Island.

The exposure was about one minute at f/8 on film loaded in a RB67 on a heavy Bogen Studio Tripod. Two discharges of energy occurred while I applied pressure via thumb on the cable release and I literally saw this shot in my mind and laughed out loud. Several of the shooters around sighed as they were fumbling with the equipment and not shooting at the time.

Months later I set up right next to one of the same photographers from before at a local art show and we were able to compare shots. What an experience! Keep shooting!

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In the story The Lightning Hunter.

88 responses

  • John Edwin May

    John Edwin May gave props (27 Jul 2008):

    Well Done!

  • Denise E. Johnson

    Denise E. Johnson gave props (27 Jul 2008):

    Great shot

  • aubrey marvin

    aubrey marvin gave props (27 Jul 2008):


  • Matthew B

    Matthew B gave props (27 Jul 2008):

    wow! amazing!

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (27 Jul 2008):

    Amazing shot!

  • Heather Oelklaus

    Heather Oelklaus gave props (27 Jul 2008):

    What a storm !!! I bet you were jumping out of your skin.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (18 Sep 2008):

    this is awesome!! we don't get that kind of lightening in CA.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire said (18 Sep 2008):

    Great Capture!! The center almost blew out this exposure.

  • Meagan Miller

    Meagan Miller gave props (18 Sep 2008):

    Wow! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Beautiful!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (18 Sep 2008):

    Christopher... amazing, wonderful, perfect, once in a lifetime shot!

  • Christopher Boswell

    Christopher Boswell   said (21 Sep 2008):

    Thanks so much!

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (22 Sep 2008):

    My goodness!! WOW!!!

  • Angie Feehan

    Angie Feehan said (23 Sep 2008):

    Holy crap this is AMAZING!!!

  • Patricia Green

    Patricia Green said (25 Sep 2008):

    That's awesome.

  • Sherry Stone

    Sherry Stone gave props (26 Sep 2008):

    OMG That is breathtaking. Just wonderful...

  • Romain Chassagne

    Romain Chassagne said (28 Sep 2008):

    very nice shot !

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2008):

    wow great shot! very dramatic, beautiful

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (9 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful Capture !!! Well Done

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (9 Oct 2008):

    very cool!

  • Tin G

    Tin G gave props (13 Oct 2008):

    whoa... u have my vote!

  • Ryan Dayrit

    Ryan Dayrit (Deleted) said (13 Oct 2008):

    This is crazy!!! Amazing!

  • Pamela Larue

    Pamela Larue said (15 Oct 2008):

    Incredible photograph! You have my vote.

  • Angel Hayes

    Angel Hayes gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    this is gorgeous i voted!

  • Hannah Richards

    Hannah Richards said (16 Oct 2008):

    Wow! Got my vote!

  • Sung Roh

    Sung Roh gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    That is really scary, but you were courages and amazing SHOT!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (18 Oct 2008):

    Holy vote

  • Bruce Kennedy

    Bruce Kennedy gave props (20 Oct 2008):

    A shockingly great shot!

  • Elsa Björg Magnúsdóttir

    Elsa Björg Magnúsdóttir said (22 Oct 2008):

    Seems unreal

  • Debbie Cannaday

    Debbie Cannaday gave props (22 Oct 2008):


  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (24 Oct 2008):

    This definitely Gets My Vote!!!

  • Dirk

    Dirk said (26 Oct 2008):

    this pic is very impressive... great shot!

  • Colorado Zephyr

    Colorado Zephyr said (26 Oct 2008):

    Love it - awesome image!!! Thanks for sharing an amazing experience.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2008):

    Fantastic!! My vote

  • Manon Boily

    Manon Boily (Deleted) gave props (27 Oct 2008):

    I'm a stormchaser and I can tell you that is FANTASTIC! my vote

  • James Blucher

    James Blucher (Deleted) said (28 Oct 2008):

    absolutely amazing. i love it

  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    perfect shot, you have my vote

  • triciamary

    triciamary gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    Amazing capture! The colours are fantastic and the number of strikes makes this a super capture. Has my vote!

  • Diego Tabango

    Diego Tabango (Deleted) said (1 Nov 2008):

    well done! voted...

  • Bob H

    Bob H gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Amazing shot! My vote!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    Awesome - Yeah! It Rocks!

  • Sagi Shapira

    Sagi Shapira gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    that's intense! nice capture!!!

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic-a definite yes, yes, yes!

  • Caitlin Heath

    Caitlin Heath said (13 Nov 2008):

    Is this an extended exposure shot? it is amazing!!!

  • Jacqueline Wivinus

    Jacqueline Wivinus said (13 Nov 2008):

    wow. beautiful!

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Most amazing thunderstorm shot I have seen. Fantastic!!!

  • Jo Jo

    Jo Jo gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    WOW!!! This is awesome... not to mention great timing!

  • Alya Al Dhaheri

    Alya Al Dhaheri gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    Woah!!!!!! Thats scary!

  • Martie Last

    Martie Last said (17 Nov 2008):

    Take cover! I hope you were using your tripod from a protected area. Very dramatic!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2008):


  • Carol Lozo

    Carol Lozo (Deleted) gave props (25 Nov 2008):


  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    quite spectacular !!

  • Elise Ange

    Elise Ange gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    Spectacular shot!

  • Jessica Savage

    Jessica Savage gave props (27 Nov 2008):


  • .Derek Wood.

    .Derek Wood. gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    good god this is a brilliant shot. congrats on the timing.

  • Ron Goad

    Ron Goad gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    RIght time perfect shot awesome job

  • Brenda Perez

    Brenda Perez gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    Amazing photo!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (8 Dec 2008):

    wow. my vote for sure.

  • Melissa Hearle

    Melissa Hearle gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    Striking ... in so many ways!

  • Kendra KirÅ¡onis

    Kendra Kiršonis said (12 Mar 2009):


  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2009):


  • Hirak Kanti Dutta

    Hirak Kanti Dutta said (5 Jun 2009):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    Congratulations on the publication! A fantastic image.

  • Bill Bungard

    Bill Bungard said (30 Oct 2009):

    I have always liked this one. Congrats on getting it published.

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (8 Nov 2009):


  • Kismet Nakai

    Kismet Nakai gave props (15 Nov 2009):


  • Chris Quinn

    Chris Quinn said (29 Nov 2009):

    I just moved to Seattle. Was this taken during the thunderstorms in late October this year. I was a little upset that I couldn't get out with my camera to try to capture them. Thanks for doing it for me.

  • ScottinTO

    ScottinTO (Deleted) said (30 Nov 2009):

    Simply... WOW! I've taken a few lightning shots but usually run inside when the hair on my arms stands up... I'm running inside now ;) Congrats!

  • Alya Al Dhaheri

    Alya Al Dhaheri gave props (1 Dec 2009):

    Wow!! Mind-blowing!!!

  • william johnson

    william johnson gave props (10 Dec 2009):


  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff said (18 Dec 2009):


  • Tina Smith

    Tina Smith said (3 Jan 2010):

    I have heard of those "cant help but giggle" moments when you just KNOW.....NICE!

  • Mauro

    Mauro said (10 Feb 2010):


  • Marek Glinka

    Marek Glinka gave props (22 Feb 2010):


  • shashi

    shashi said (24 Feb 2010):

    wow wow and wow....

  • Hanna Siv Bjarnardóttir

    Hanna Siv Bjarnardóttir (Deleted) said (16 Mar 2010):

    So stunning!

  • Tim Peare

    Tim Peare said (20 Mar 2010):


  • Martha Orr

    Martha Orr gave props (4 Apr 2010):


  • Matko Cvitković

    Matko Cvitković gave props (5 Apr 2010):

    amazing capture

  • donald crow

    donald crow said (13 Apr 2010):

    Wow what a cool shot, you really got this one right!

  • Ahmed Shamsi

    Ahmed Shamsi gave props (11 May 2010):

    very cool shot!

  • Scott Starkey

    Scott Starkey gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Amazing!! I adore lightning storms and we just don't get enough in Seattle!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Jun 2011):

    great job done!!!

  • jeff case

    jeff case (Deleted) said (17 Jun 2011):

    great story

  • Marcus Bello

    Marcus Bello gave props (10 Dec 2011):

    What a breathtaking shot. Gorgeous

  • Jim Bennett

    Jim Bennett gave props (6 Feb 2013):

    Wow! Very very cool

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