Getting lighting during the daytime hours can be tough, so I often choose to use the video mode on my Canon A75 and then freeze frame and capture any lightning I get. Despite my best efforts, capturing most of the bolts is impossible, but I still managed to get 3 good photos of the storms in action here on Long Island early this evening.
The first 2 photos are from video capture, the last using a long shutter. Interestingly enough, it seems that the bolts seem to temporarily throw the camera out of focus. The first 2 video captures are of what would appear to the human eye a single bolt, but the 2nd part of the bolt came out blurry as the camera was thrown out of focus. Perhaps electrical discharges nearby like that throwthe CCD's out of focus. I've seen it when they tried filming lightning "tests" with remote cameras.
Anyway, here's the photos.
(my favorite one 1st)
And the still shot, problem is it's hard to keep the exposure in check and it was overexposed. I don't think my camera has a remote shutter so a lightning release will not work.