Chasing Lightning: The Curse of One Photographer’s Elusive Fantasy

In photography, some dreams are eternally tantalizing, like capturing the greatest lightning photo of all. For one photographer, this has become a relentless pursuit filled with frustration and desperation.

Despite shooting hundreds of storms, with thousands of images from various corners of the state, this elusive masterpiece remains just out of reach.

Mitchell Felding’s photo journey began with a fascination for the raw power and mesmerizing beauty of thunderstorms. Each bolt of lightning was an artwork crafted by nature, a stroke of pure electricity, and this photographer was determined to seize it. Armed with cameras, tripods, and weather-tracking apps, he traversed the state in pursuit of his electrifying goal.

From the open plains to the rugged mountains and the serene coastlines, he ventured to the most lightning-prone areas, trying to predict the exact moments when the heavens would put on their electrifying show. It was a labour of love, and his dedication knew no bounds. But the more he chased, the more elusive the perfect shot became.

Storm after storm, Mitchell would stand amidst torrential rain, gusty winds, and deafening thunder, seeking that single moment when the sky would light up with a spectacular bolt of lightning. The conditions were often treacherous, and the camera equipment was subjected to the elements, but the yearning to capture that one extraordinary shot kept him going.


The frustration built with every missed opportunity. While he had collected thousands of stunning storm images, he could not find the one that stood out above all. Desperation began to gnaw at his creative spirit. Doubts crept in, as he wondered if he would ever be able to translate his vision into reality.

Each thunderstorm was like a roll of the dice, a chance to turn his dream into reality. But, it seemed the universe had a way of reminding him of its dominance over such matters. Mitchell had become an eternal witness to nature’s wrath, its dazzling performances concealed from his view.

As his journey continued, Mitchell found solace in the pursuit itself. He discovered an unparalleled connection with the natural world, an appreciation for the moment, regardless of the photographic outcome. Each storm was an opportunity to learn, adapt, and appreciate the unpredictable wonders of the earth’s atmosphere.

In the end, Mitchell Felding’s quest for the greatest lightning photo serves as a reminder that the art of photography is not always about capturing the perfect image; it’s about the journey, the lessons learned, and the love for the craft itself. Despite the frustration and desperation that come with unmet goals, our photographer continues to chase lightning, not just for the perfect shot but for the pure joy of the chase itself — and one other thing.

-Michael (Author of SEETHINGS)

Five women’s bodies are discovered after the nights of thunderstorms. Their spouses are suspected of the crimes, but it becomes clear that someone else is responsible. There’s no blood and few clues. A storm photographer specialising in taking lightning pictures may be the only witness.


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