Description Quite a spectacular explosion of lightning over the Richmond River at Ballina, NSW. This hailstorm had been going for hours before weakening but during that stage it delivered some of the best bolts.
Michael Bath, McLeans Ridges Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I have a passion - make that obsession for thunderstorms and the weather - watching and photographing severe thunderstorms and lightning is just awesome!
My weather photography began in 1987 while living at Ballina on the NSW Far North Coast of Australia. I moved to Sydney for work in January 1989 and started storm chasing during 1993 after meeting Jimmy Deguara at a storm spotter training session at the Bureau of Meteorology.
My family returned to the Far North Coast in May 1999 and we now live on an acreage at McLeans Ridges - which is between Lismore and Alstonville in the Northern Rivers district.
The lightning photographs have been taken mainly from either around Sydney or Northeast NSW - the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands or North West Slopes regions and occasionally into Southeast Queensland. The distance travelled for storms really just depends on how much free time there is for chasing.
Earlier lightning photos were taken on a Nikon FG20 SLR film camera and since mid June 2004 I've used a Nikon D70 digital SLR.