Bay Bridge Lightning Strike

PhotographerPhil McGrew
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountrySan Francisco, United States
Photo DateApril 12, 2012
Technical InfoCanon 5DIII 20sec @ f/10
Entry Description

Lightning in the San Francisco Bay Area is extremely rare. Regardless, I've often thought it would be great to capture lighting hitting the bridge. After 2 years, I finally got my chance. I was able to capture lightning in 3 out of the 136 frames I took during the storm.

About Photographer

I am a former nuclear engineer and current self-employed currency trader living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am an ex-submariner, private pilot and photographer. I am surrounded by water, mountains, high-tech, and the most eclectic city I can imagine. I enjoy photography because it makes me see the world differently. Without a camera, the world just passes by. With one, every day is a new search for interesting compositions — paying attention to lines, shapes, textures, alignments, and lighting. I think once you're hooked, it's hard to turn these things off – they follow you everywhere and are waiting for you when you get there. I primarily shoot landscapes, wildlife, and night photography.