I am currently in Sanibel Island, FL for the weekend, and late last night I was treated to vivid lightning show over the Gulf of Mexico waters. I setup my camera and tripod on the balcony, and was able to capture a few cloud-to-water lightning shots between some coconut palms.
I'm only here for a few days and was hoping for a opportunity to capturing some ocean lightning and mother nature came through for me once again. A large complex of storms moved in from the eastern Gulf triggering a severe thunderstorm warning, and at one point a tornado warning for Ft Myers and Sanibel.
The best lightning action was off to my northwest and I didn't want to drive over to Captiva Island and get out in the rain, so I waited for the storms to move just south of Sanibel to get my shots. I kept it simple staying up on my second floor hotel balcony that faced south-southeast, and shortly after 1:30 am the light show was in view and I was shooting away.
Stormy summer nights in southwest Florida are always fun. :-)