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Jul 06, 2012 14:55 |  #16

nice pictures, where are they from?




  
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Jul 06, 2012 15:11 |  #17

awesome work, and nice idea Casper!!!


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Jul 06, 2012 15:25 |  #18

Great shots, love the final composite also. You guys are lucky, we never seem to get good lightening storms over here. :(


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Jul 06, 2012 18:39 |  #19

Zaeros wrote in post #14680016 (external link)
nice pictures, where are they from?


Northeast Tennessee. Near Bristol. And we don't get storms like that very often. The weather usually comes from Texas towards us, moving NorthEast. We get the bad storms when the weather moves South East moving down from the Great Lakes. It was beautiful to watch, luckily the storms were not too bad here. But they got worse further Southeast of us.




  
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Jul 06, 2012 21:25 |  #20

Toxic Coolaid wrote in post #14681116 (external link)
Northeast Tennessee. Near Bristol. And we don't get storms like that very often. The weather usually comes from Texas towards us, moving NorthEast. We get the bad storms when the weather moves South East moving down from the Great Lakes. It was beautiful to watch, luckily the storms were not too bad here. But they got worse further Southeast of us.

that's why those views seemed a bit familiar, I'm not from the US, but I spent some months in kentucky and I went to Tennesse a couple of times the last year.




  
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Jul 09, 2012 00:15 as a reply to  @ post 14679965 |  #21

Photoshop doesn't do so bad either, however, re-compressing it kind of killed it. A 4th one line up with a little transform.


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Jul 25, 2012 11:53 |  #22

13 minutes worth of lightning. I also had to leave out many bright strikes. Done with StarStax.

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Jul 25, 2012 12:34 |  #23

I really like the last shot of yr 1st post. The composite also works really well.


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Jul 29, 2012 02:42 as a reply to  @ Negativ3's post |  #24

Very nice Toxic, you sure seem to get more violent storms in TN then up here in MI, a good/bad thing.

How'd you capture them at "the moment"?
Handheld or tripod + multiple via automatic pilot?

For mine, I set my camera on tripod, and let it take 100's of picts then sifted thru those for the strikes.
It was quite dark so exposure was multiple seconds, some of the very near strike were overexposed and had to do PP on them for composites.
If you have some "spare" coinage this would help http://www.aeophoto.co​m/LS3ProSpec.html (external link)

I started this thread Post your storms/lightning/wild nature shots here in the Nature & Landscapes forum, you should post yours there.

From that thread - I did the composite technique also for these, this one 2 images.

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Jul 29, 2012 11:06 |  #25

I actually shoot with a strike detector and I'll let the remote timer shoot 8-15 second subs with the other camera. The detector sets off with every strike so you still have to sort through a bunch. I think I paid $100 off ebay for it brand new, and it works great. It's pretty rare for us to get storms like the one we had that night, but the weather has been very different this year. Everyone else seems to be in a drought, and we are around +8 inches for the year. July has already been the wettest on record.




  
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Aug 14, 2012 23:58 |  #26

Scary stuff but nice shots.




  
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