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Nov 12, 2012 14:27 |  #1

I made this image tonight in Cape Town, South Africa (Table Mountain in the background)

It's not often that we get thunderstorms here, probably only twice a year, so I jumped at the chance to take my first ever lightning shot. I'd actually been planning this shot in my head for about 3 years.

The wind was blowing a gale so even with the tripod it is a little blurry. Setup was very quick because of the approaching storm and even quicker to take down when the lightning and thunder were coming at the same time. What a rush! I can certainly see the attraction of storm chasing.

Exposure was 10 sec @ f10 ISO 250 Canon 5D mk3 and 24 -105L series @ 65mm.

Shot was in RAW and PP was contrast, clarity and grad filter to lower exposure by a stop in sky where the lightning would otherwise blow it out

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Nov 12, 2012 14:35 |  #2

awesome shot, great color, wonderful capture of the light




  
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Nov 12, 2012 14:37 |  #3

Amazing shot. Very well done and lucky to be in the right place at the right time.


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Nov 12, 2012 14:42 |  #4

WOW! bw!bw!bw!bw!bw!

One of the best lightning shots I've ever seen. Why? because of the way the light plays below the storm on the city. Really unique shot that stands out from the typical style I see most of the time.




  
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Nov 12, 2012 14:52 |  #5

Very nice shot!


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Nov 12, 2012 14:53 |  #6

Amazing!


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Nov 12, 2012 14:56 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #7

Superb... asside from the lightning itself, the colors, composition, light... well done!


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Nov 12, 2012 15:12 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #8

What a fantastic shot!! Congrat's, and i'd say the 3 year wait was worth it! :D


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Nov 12, 2012 15:28 |  #9

Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your kind words.


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Nov 12, 2012 16:02 |  #10

Awesome.




  
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Nov 12, 2012 16:49 |  #11

Amazing; looks like that planning paid off big time!


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Nov 12, 2012 17:26 |  #12

Amazing......great shooting.


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Nov 13, 2012 08:16 |  #13

Great shot!


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Nov 13, 2012 08:40 |  #14

Fantastic shot! Your planning paid off big time! If you get addicted to lightning like I am...consider a lightning trigger. I went from getting a few useable shots per storm to almost every shot useable (assuming the strike was in frame)
Crazy thing never misses and it is a bit safer as you can set it and run for cover if the strikes get too close. :)


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Nov 13, 2012 08:48 |  #15

yipDog Studios wrote in post #15240188 (external link)
Fantastic shot! Your planning paid off big time! If you get addicted to lightning like I am...consider a lightning trigger. I went from getting a few useable shots per storm to almost every shot useable (assuming the strike was in frame)
Crazy thing never misses and it is a bit safer as you can set it and run for cover if the strikes get too close. :)

Thanks for the idea. That sounds like a plan, although the adrenalin rush was worth the risk:)


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