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Jul 27, 2014 19:02 |  #3976

Thank You!
Nothing wrong with that sitting in the Yard!

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Jul 28, 2014 02:24 |  #3977

I stand out side for about 2 hours trying to take photos but all the lightening seems to be hidden behind clouds for me. None of it is visible while I am waiting. Love those photos!


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Jul 28, 2014 18:40 |  #3978

sundevilstormin those shots are EPIC!!!
What's your method of capture? :) Do you share your secrets?

I managed to snag a so-so shot the other night using MagicLantern but the neighborhood setting kinda ruined it.

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Jul 28, 2014 23:06 |  #3979

Sundevilstorming, I would also like to know how you acquired the shots that rogue guinea pig mentioned. What were the exposure settings used, and how did you determine what settings would be best for the conditions presented (in other words, what environmental factors were you looking at when you were setting your exposure)? Lightning is a mystery to me because it's kind of like a strobe and I don't know how to use my light meter to meter for the lightning that happens randomly.

I can see that you were composing to keep desert elements in the foreground, and I have to say that the kiss of light you put on the foreground plants looks awesome to contrast against the dark sky and the striking lightning bolts.

Also, did you have to burn the sky and dodge the cactuses to get that good isolation, or was it captured like that in the camera?




  
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Jul 29, 2014 08:38 |  #3980

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Jul 29, 2014 11:15 |  #3981

From the 7-26-14 storm
Composite from 7 images

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Jul 29, 2014 22:57 as a reply to  @ yipDog Studios's post |  #3982

thanks all for the comments and questions...

Yip - you captured what I was in the middle of out on Peralta Trail rd.
When the rain hit over there I then moved over to the CAP canal bridge west of where you shot your image. There were many people there shooting, the bolts crashing all around.

Regarding settings:
I usually start at:

  • tripod
  • iso400
  • Shutter 30 seconds,
  • Image stabilization off
  • manual focus set to infinity (use live view, the lens barrel mark is an estimate and may not be exact inf focus for the elements)
  • I also have a cheapo intervalometer (ebay $20) that runs the sequence for me, I can stand back and enjoy, or in this case, light the cacti with my headlamp


shoot a frame or two to test and make adjustments from there
- lightning farther away will need a higher ISO or wider aperture

AWB doesn't work well, as the strike confuses the sensor and will turn things purple - I have yet to see purple lightning... so I start with Daytime and if in town with lots of yellow contamination will adjust to Tungsten.

looks like there is a decent forecast for this weekend! Be safe out there!

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Aug 01, 2014 16:58 |  #3983

sundevilstormin wrote in post #17059400 (external link)
I use Wunderground on my home computer.. I use the Composite Reflectivity 124nm with Storms and lightning tracks enabled

http://www.wundergroun​d.com …y=RADSMO&setpre​fs.7.val=0 (external link)

That's my favorite website! A friend in Orlando showed my that site when we had to track storms since shooting in the rain was frowned upon because it "destroyed the equipment".
Great shots too!

And everyone please be careful. I love the lightning shots but my job in Orlando taught me that lightning has a possibility of hitting you even if you're 5 miles outside of any cloud cover. I'm not sure if that's true out here but in Orlando, I saw too many lightning strikes to chance it.


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Aug 02, 2014 00:01 as a reply to  @ disneydork06's post |  #3984

tried a sunset time-lapse photo stack. Interval was 30 seconds. The sunset was a bust, but more storms this weekend so hopefully more opps

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Aug 02, 2014 00:16 |  #3985

My attempt with lightning as well. I started at a park to get a better composition but got rained on so I went home

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Aug 02, 2014 01:54 |  #3986

I like the reflection in the lightning!


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Aug 02, 2014 18:36 |  #3987

Last weekend. I went looking for storms in the Canyon and there were none - they were all down here in Phoenix.

Sunrise - Moran Point

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Aug 03, 2014 23:58 as a reply to  @ icassell's post |  #3988

our for ice cream tonight, here was the cherry on top

Lightning over the Pinal Mntns, Arizona

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Aug 06, 2014 01:43 |  #3989

Not sure if I can post this here. Watching my boss weld LCA's for a bit.

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