We were staying in a small boutique hotel in Amalfi overlooking the Mediterranean. Each night, the hotel's owners prepared a "happy hour" snack plate and we were enjoying the evening's treat before heading out to dinner. We happened to meet another couple and were visiting with them when the storm clouds rolled in. I saw some lightning in the distance and had to excuse myself from the conversation.
We had a balcony that was bigger than the room itself. I set up my tripod and hoped the rain stayed far enough away to get a shot. In order to shoot the lightning without a special "lightning tripper" attachment, you need to have some good timing and luck. I left the camera shutter open for each shot about 30 seconds. This means that I had a 30 second window and hoped that lightning struck somewhere in that half of a minute. Most of my shots ended up to be pretty...but no lightning. I was shooting film back then so I had no idea how the shots looked. It is so much easier now with a digital camera.
When I returned home and had a chance to develop the rolls I found this shot. It was one of the last pictures I snapped...right before I had to take cover due to the rain storm hitting the balcony.