Taken out at the Bald Hill Opal Field, Lightning Ridge N.S.W. 8:15pm EDST. 11.2.13.
This storm cell took a rather nasty turn quite rapidly. Just as I suspected it would skirt town to the East, it decided to build and push toward my location here out on the Northern edge of town. Initially I was set up on top of the hill here (about 60feet/20metres above the surrounding plains) but just as I was settling in for a few nice shots I had a monster rogue bolt arc down only a short distance behind me with a deafening crack! I actually felt the heat from that strike.
I caught the top of that close bolt in a photo. Now even though it was not raining at all where I was positioned, bolts were still arcing out around 20-25k's from the main cell in all directions making it an extremely bad and highly dangerous scenario for photography. The things we'll do for a nice photo lol.
So as you can see from the low position of this shot I rapidly moved down off the hill and headed down onto the ground about 20feet/6mtrs lower than my previous position... just in case. The rain started about two minutes after this and I had to call it a night after waiting around for a break for a bit over an hour. Lightning was very frequent with about eight storms visible in all directions.
I Have another photo from up on the hill that I may or may not post. This was the best for the evening though.