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About Lightning Photography
Welcome to Lightning Photography by Michael Bath
I have a passion for severe weather - in particular severe thunderstorms and lightning. I enjoy studying severe weather events - thunderstorms, floods, cold outbreaks and tropical cyclones.
I started taking weather pictures 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. I returned to the North Coast in May 1999 and now live on an acreage at McLeans Ridges - which is between Lismore and Alstonville in the Northern Rivers district. Most of my storm chasing is in this district, but also extends to the Northern Tablelands, Northwest Slopes & Plains and Southeast Queensland when time permits.
This website was first published on Geocities in May 1996 and has undergone a few face lifts, most recently in June 2009. New photos are added regularly if the weather is inspiring enough! Most of the photographs have been taken around Northeast NSW or Greater Sydney for earlier shots. Lightning photos prior to June 2004 were taken on a Nikon FG20 SLR film camera with 50mm & 35-200mm zoom lenses, and since then with a Nikon D70 digital SLR with 50mm, 18-70mm and 18-200mm zoom lenses (gallery pages 15 to 53). A Nikon D90 digital SLR has been in use since Feb 2010 (gallery page 54 onwards)
I'm joint webmaster with Jimmy Deguara of the huge website covering all aspects of Australian Severe Weather. There you will find reports and data on thunderstorms, storm chasing, tropical cyclones, floods, weather observations and observation techniques, lightning data, links to Australian weather data, homepages, over 30,000 weather photographs and lots more!! There is also the McLeans Ridges weather webcam from my home.
I've put together a gallery of the very best and most spectacular lightning photos from my collection. You can browse them here and also page 2 and page 3 and page 4 and page 5. A hard cover lightning book is available which includes many of my best lightning pictures.
Contact details and information about copyright can be found here.
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