Photos by Dave DiCello

When thunder and lightning roll in most of us head for cover. As we have chronicled before, photographer Dave DiCello heads outside, hoping to capture a moment of terrifying beauty.  On his Facebook page he admitted to a bit of a dry spell when it came to lightning. That is until just before midnight Thursday, when his luck changed.
 


“I haven't had much luck in capturing it lately, but last night that changed (at least a little!). After about an hour of on and off rain, and a whole bunch of cloud to cloud strikes, I finally started seeing some cloud to ground strikes and they were incredible! This is by far my favorite of the night, not only because of the towering bolt, but also because of the incredible structure in the cloud above.”

A few minutes later, when it appeared the storm was moving on, DiCello snagged another beauty.
 


“These two bolts struck simultaneously way behind the city after I thought the storms were over and was all but ready to pack up. You can see how long the clouds were, which really helped to contain the city below!” he says.

In case you're wondering, DiCello says his camera was set to f9 and 15 seconds.
 




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