Just a few additional notes. If it wasn't clear, ALWAYS use your tripod at night/evening or anything that is longer than 1/30th of a second or around there. You don't want blurry lightning strikes because you shook your camera. Also during the night, bring a flashlight with your so you have something to check your camera. Or you can use your phone as a light(I do that). It is important to always check to see if your camera is still in proper focus(in case you bumped it). If you can't find a light and need a quick focus, look for distance lights on the horizon. It will be easy to see when those aren't blurred you will be in the proper focus. You will also get stray raindrops on your camera sometimes. If you do it's a good idea to shine the light on the lens BETWEEN pictures every so often to see if any droplets are on there. A lens hood will help a little bit. Which is also a good idea to bring a towel along to wipe those off before taking the next picture. I will keep adding more stuff if I think of it.