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Old 19th of August 2012 (Sun)   #1
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Hi all,
I am new to the nighttime side of photography and quickly falling in love with it. I was on a recent vacation on Grand Cayman island and took some various pictures. There was a steady stream of clouds so I could not get long star trails, but luckily some of the clouds produced some lightning over the water to make them interesting to me. I used the StarTrails program and no other post processing.
Any feedback is appreciate especially on how to do better!



I know most dont like the plane tails, but I like this one as it is coming in for a landing.






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Old 19th of August 2012 (Sun)   #2
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I'm really digging the 1st and last shots. Nice!
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Old 19th of August 2012 (Sun)   #3
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The last one is fantastic! I would suggest cropping out the top corner of the frame where I am assuming you are catching part of the building.
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Old 19th of August 2012 (Sun)   #4
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Yes, the first and last shots are the better IMHO, with the last being superb! Print it large and frame it!
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Old 19th of August 2012 (Sun)   #5
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The last shot is stunning!
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#3 is really cool, #4 is an awesome capture, lightning both inside and outside the cloud (possibly cloud-to-cloud) and a ground strike all in one shot, and star trails for the icing on the cake! I agree with ct1co2, a tighter cropping to get rid of the distractions.
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I think they all are very good but #1 is especially neat the way the clouds look . What give it that wind blowing look on the right of the thunder cloud ?
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These are great. Awesome shots! But they need to be straightened
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Old 20th of August 2012 (Mon)   #9
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Thank you all for the kind comments!

[/quote] Celestron
I think they all are very good but #1 is especially neat the way the clouds look . What give it that wind blowing look on the right of the thunder cloud ?[/quote]
There was a smaller thinner cloud that came floating by and that is why you see that movement.

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Old 21st of August 2012 (Tue)   #10
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That last shot is amazing! love it
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I would photoshop out the top corner and everything above the thunder clouds in the last one particularly the orange clouds. The last one is really quite an impressive image I would be curious to know how long you exposed it, your iso, and what aperature. # 3 is also amazing. I was in treasure cay a few years back and the power would go out on the entire island, stars were spectacular wish I had a camera back then.
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Great shots... Gotta love lightning
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Last is the best! Nice ones!
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Old 24th of August 2012 (Fri)   #14
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I would photoshop out the top corner and everything above the thunder clouds in the last one particularly the orange clouds. The last one is really quite an impressive image I would be curious to know how long you exposed it, your iso, and what aperature. # 3 is also amazing. I was in treasure cay a few years back and the power would go out on the entire island, stars were spectacular wish I had a camera back then.
calypsob, I agree about the photoshopping and will need to get to that.
The last picture you asked about is a 5 or 6 images stacked (cant remember for sure) using startrails program. They were each 30 second exposures at iso 100 at f4 with my sigma 10-20mm lens.

I was truly lucky to have that storm just sitting off the coast and some clear sky. I am glad I was able to take advantage as this was our last night there!

Again, thanks for all the feedback!
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Love the last shot. Although there is quite a bit of distortion on the bottom left part of the photo. Assuming you shot it with the Sigma 10-20mm. Didn't realize they had that much distortion. Otherwise, just crop it and call it a day. It is a great shot!
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