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Posted: 4/28/2009 8:38:38 AM EDT
Had some fun last night with the storm passing though.  Thought I'd share.....

Link Posted: 4/28/2009 9:20:01 AM EDT
Nice. What was your exposure length and aperture?

Link Posted: 4/28/2009 9:23:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 9:24:44 AM EDT by OsoGrande]
Originally Posted By Paddler112:
Nice. What was your exposure length and aperture?



Taken with a 15mm Canon fisheye
2 seconds @ f2.8
Canon 30D

This is a composite of 7 strikes.  Only the sky was layer masked to show all the bolts in a 5 min period.

I first tried longer exposures with a smaller f-stop, but found the lightning wasn't bright enough at that distance to record a clear bolt.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 1:01:52 PM EDT
That's realy cool. I've gotten some cool pics of lightning, but nothing like that.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 1:31:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 1:33:59 PM EDT by OsoGrande]
Here are some others that I've captured from home and around town.
All taken with a Canon 30D with 15mm fisheye lens

4sec @ f2.8 iso 100


1/40sec @ f3.2 iso100


1sec @ f20 iso 100


.6sec @ f22 iso 100


.6sec @ f22 iso 100


Link Posted: 4/28/2009 3:01:29 PM EDT
I cant wait for monsoon!

one of the last ones you posted looks like it was a little close eh?

Link Posted: 4/28/2009 5:01:57 PM EDT
What white balance setting is recommended for lightening shots?
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 5:03:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By azjeeper:
What white balance setting is recommended for lightening shots?


I use auto
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 7:31:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bugalaman:
Originally Posted By azjeeper:
What white balance setting is recommended for lightening shots?


I use auto


I agree, especially since lightning comes in a few different shades, auto tends to work pretty well.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 5:16:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By azjeeper:
What white balance setting is recommended for lightening shots?


I tend to use Sun white balance.  I almost never use Auto as it changes between each shot.   Since I shoot in RAW, I like the ability to globally change the white balance in LR on all the photos at the same time.  With Auto, I'd have to do it individually.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 5:17:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 5:18:31 AM EDT by OsoGrande]
Originally Posted By freeride21a:
I cant wait for monsoon!

one of the last ones you posted looks like it was a little close eh?



All the ones taken from low to the ground were all taken in the same storm.  My dumbass was outside under an awning trying to stay dry and non-electrocuted!!  A couple of the bolts were definitely 'in the neighborhood".......
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 9:20:48 AM EDT


Took this in the spring of 2008 looking out the 2nd floor, back window of my house with my Nikon Cool pix 8700!
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:59:19 PM EDT
I cannot wait for monsoon season either!  Havnet had any experience with shooting lightning.
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