Chicago in September: Teen-Aged Weather Angst

The one thing you can say about Chicago weather in September, it’s always… um… interesting. The weather equivalent of teen-aged angst. This month hasn’t failed to disappoint in that regard. From August-like heat, to chilly evenings and every kind of storm in between, we are living out Chicago’s turbulent seasonal adolescence.

I made this photo last night from the studio roof with my backup Leica X1 camera, since my main camera was getting its sensor cleaned. I love the X1 for its smallness and easy to take anywhere demeanor, but trying to catch a lightning strike with it? The half-second delay between pressing the shutter button and picture exposure makes it quite the challenge.

Lightning over Lake Michigan lights up the Chicago sky behind the Sears Tower

Lightning over Lake Michigan lights up the Chicago sky behind the Sears Tower

 

So yes. I now have many… many… many photographs of the full moon and Sears Tower (I really just can’t get on board with this Willis Tower thing. A little too Different Strokes for me). Many photographs, just before or just after the distant lightning strikes over Lake Michigan.

But sometimes, if you just wait it out. Just keep making exposures. You get lucky. And when I pressed the shutter button just moments before lightning lit up the sky behind the Sears Tower, I knew I had it.

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