Chasing Lightning

Aug 2, 2012

Produced with Emma Ruddock

How do you capture something on film that takes place in 200 milliseconds? Answer: Not easily. For the past six years, our guest Tim Samaras has been working to capture a lightning strike in super-slow motion using a six-foot-tall, sixteen hundred pound cold war camera he calls “the Kahuna”.  Tim is an engineer with three decades of storm research under his belt. His attempts to photograph lightning are profiled by George Johnson in the latest issue of National Geographic.

All images are from the August edition of National Geographic magazine