Taken out on the Bald Hill opal field, Lightning Ridge N.S.W. 22.12.12 at 9:16pm EDST.
What a surprise this bolt was. The storms were shutting down and rapidly weakening by this point due to an upper atmospheric temperature drop. Outflow winds were furious by now too -indicative of the storms collapsing overhead and some very strong microbursts happening as a result.
We actually didn't really see this bolt, only a super bright flash (non-staccato). I had friends turn up to photograph with me and we were chatting at the time while looking out to the left of this area. I was just lucky enough to get this bolt in frame. Thank goodness for the 16mm!
These storms were still around 20-25k's out to the E-SE of town here. That's part of the Orion constellation visible in the upper left corner.
Canon 5D MkIII
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM Lens
16mm @ Infinity Focus