absolutely amazing shot! if you don't mind my asking: how many exposures did you take until this shot 'happened'? I remember taking lightning shots a year ago, and it took me about 400 exposures to get 10 that worked...
Thanks, I managed to get 10 in prior to it starting to rain heavy. 2 were keepers. That being said, I do a lot long exposure work, so I basically knew what I was doing. It is trail and error, but what I wanted was to capture many strikes. I exposed for the ambient which was a 5min 20 sec exposure, the let it go. If there were strikes the were extremely bright that I thought would over expose the image I'd stop. I was fairly happy with the result.
When you watch the weather closely and follow it on radar understand its movements, yes you can. Just need to pick the right location for the direction the storm is travelling. Most storms here in Aus during summer will have associated lightning.
That's simple, just a long exposure. I metered fro the scene at ISO 6400 which gave me an equivelent exposure of 5mins 20sec for ISO 100 @ F11. Then pressed the shutter. If I felt that the amount of light from any one strike was too great I stopped the exposure there and then.