Wherever in the world we find ourselves, I enjoy watching the sky (a.k.a spacing out) and watching the colors unfold at different times of the day. Nothing fascinates me more than the natural beauty of the earth as no two skies are ever the same even in the same place.
Last night, well, very early this morning at around 1am, I caught some shots of the beautiful and sometimes terrifying lightning show from my window here in Singapore. I was told that because of the country’s humidity levels plus close proximity to the equator and open seas, it creates conditions for generating one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world.
It was hard to record blinding flashes of light without getting rattled so I had to look through the screen of the camera and not directly at the horizon. For about an hour, all you hear is muted almost silent rumbling accompanied by frequent bursts of white streaks across the dark sky. The rain only came in the late part of the second hour so you can imagine how unnerving this could be if you’re not accustomed to lightning.
I grabbed the Canon S100 thinking I will finally get to capture crisp, moving shots of the night sky. Fidgeting in the dark, I was frustrated that at video mode, my camera was taking still shots! Grrr. So here we have a screen grab and two short videos of lightning streaking across our sky using the iPhone (which didn’t turn out bad at all, actually). In the background, one can hear our dog Jones opening the door and running around at such a late hour.
Oh, when I woke up, I looked at my camera and saw that there was a separate button for video recording