Life as a Lomosapien: The First Rule

There are 10 optional rules for Lomographers, the first of which is “Take your camera everywhere you go & whenever you go”. In my opinion, this is probably the hardest rule of the lot, as it isn’t always convenient to take your camera everywhere you go. But, I have learned from past experiences that this is definitely the most important rule, as you never know what you might miss if you don’t have your camera with you.

I have missed out on many great shots by not having my camera to hand, but I have also caught a few great moments when I have had my camera with me and the picture above is probably my favourite.

There was a huge thunderstorm one night which slowly moved its way towards the small village where I used to live. I remember the storm vividly, as I had never seen lightning so close before.

With an almighty clap of thunder and an extremely bright flash of lightning, all our electrics went out. Instead of helping light candles, I was gazing out of a window wishing I had my camera with me to capture some of the amazing lightning forks. I was so annoyed that I didn’t have my camera with me that night.

It wasn’t until a few days later that I discovered this tree while I was out for a walk near my home. The tree had been struck by the lightning, which then split its 30ft tall trunk into thirds. This apparently happens when the sapwood beneath the bark heats up when the lightning strikes. This causes a huge pressure of steam inside the tree which then forces the trunk to burst and split. Luckily for me, on this occasion I had taken my camera with me on my walk and managed to capture something better than lightning, a sight seldom seen by many people. The failed attempt at photographing the lightning didn’t seem to matter anymore.

Have you captured any unexpected images? Ever stumbled across a rare sight and taken a photograph of it? Or have there been times that you wished you had your camera with you? If so, please share your thoughts with a comment below!

Danny Wood is the frontman of a punk rock band called The Panicstruck, he also works as a Web Designer, is a keen Lomographer and runs his own Analogue Photography Blog.

written by dannyjwood on 2011-03-23 in #lifestyle #panicstruck #analogue #lifestyle #column #lomosapien #danny-wood

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