The storms that roared through our area at 4:00 a.m. were the perfect time for me to capture lightning bolts. Not an easy task and one I have tried to accomplish for years. These may not be the best lightning bolts you have seen – but to me, they are fantastic. I stood at the window for over an hour (no, I was not venturing outside). Most of the time with lightning bolts you are too slow to capture much. It was pitch dark, but often the yard was bathed in light; as if it was a bright sunny day. My first captures of lightning – I patted myself on the back. I call these free hand, the hard way to capture lightning.