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Aug 29, 2011 03:59 |  #1

Been having some crazy awesome electrical storms here lately and have been able to get some amazing shots. Got this one and a few others I really didn't like, then we watched lightning hit about 100 yards from us and decided to get in the truck and get some pics from a distance.

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Aug 29, 2011 10:04 |  #2

BAD A$$...plain and simple bw!


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Aug 29, 2011 10:05 |  #3

Wow. Amazing, which capitol building is that?




  
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Aug 29, 2011 10:40 |  #4

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Wow. Amazing, which capitol building is that?

Utah


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Aug 29, 2011 10:44 |  #5

Sick! how do you photograph a lightning strike like this? how do you need to set up your camera?


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Aug 29, 2011 10:51 |  #6

Dr.D wrote in post #13018693 (external link)
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I've shot the Illinois capitol building a few times in storms, but I've never been lucky enough to get strikes even close to that.




  
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Aug 29, 2011 11:00 |  #7

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Sick! how do you photograph a lightning strike like this? how do you need to set up your camera?

I just use the bulb exposure and a remote. The rest is just watching where the lightning is hitting and a bit of luck. I shoot in RAW and use tungsten for the color when there is light coming in from buildings or a city. I feel the blue makes the bolts look more white and gives a little more electric feel to it. I usually shoot in landscape because it makes things a little more colorful and with shooting buildings sharper lines. I try to leave the shutter open for about 10 sec., ISO at 200-400 and the f stop around 10-16. Hope that helps!


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Aug 29, 2011 11:03 |  #8

awesome!


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Aug 29, 2011 11:07 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #13018742 (external link)
I've shot the Illinois capitol building a few times in storms, but I've never been lucky enough to get strikes even close to that.

This was pretty lucky. I had just set the tripod down while waiting for my friend to finish his shot, then cross that road and get under the capitol porch. I decided to just see if I could maybe get a few little ones that were striking in the back while waiting then BOOM.


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Aug 29, 2011 11:16 |  #10

Dr.D wrote in post #13018823 (external link)
This was pretty lucky. I had just set the tripod down while waiting for my friend to finish his shot, then cross that road and get under the capitol porch. I decided to just see if I could maybe get a few little ones that were striking in the back while waiting then BOOM.

We have too many buildings close to get a great vista, so my best vantage point has been a parking garage a few blocks away. The nice thing is I can shoot from some cover, but I dont get the same sense of scope that you did. I got caught is a storm downtown a while back, so I headed up there without a tripod. I did the snapshot method. The halide lights on the building leave me without a pleasant wb option. I need to go back and re-edit this one.

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Aug 29, 2011 11:35 |  #11

gonzogolf wrote in post #13018858 (external link)
We have too many buildings close to get a great vista, so my best vantage point has been a parking garage a few blocks away. The nice thing is I can shoot from some cover, but I dont get the same sense of scope that you did. I got caught is a storm downtown a while back, so I headed up there without a tripod. I did the snapshot method. The halide lights on the building leave me without a pleasant wb option. I need to go back and re-edit this one.

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Pretty darn good for hand held! I've never gotten anything like that without a tripod.


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Aug 29, 2011 11:53 |  #12

Dr.D wrote in post #13018788 (external link)
I just use the bulb exposure and a remote. The rest is just watching where the lightning is hitting and a bit of luck. I shoot in RAW and use tungsten for the color when there is light coming in from buildings or a city. I feel the blue makes the bolts look more white and gives a little more electric feel to it. I usually shoot in landscape because it makes things a little more colorful and with shooting buildings sharper lines. I try to leave the shutter open for about 10 sec., ISO at 200-400 and the f stop around 10-16. Hope that helps!

Thanks a lots, yea it does help. Will definitely give it a try next storm! ;)


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Aug 29, 2011 12:24 |  #13

Here's a few more from last night.

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Aug 29, 2011 12:37 |  #14

Dr.D wrote in post #13018958 (external link)
Pretty darn good for hand held! I've never gotten anything like that without a tripod.

I think I caught 4 strikes in an hour that way, but its not ideal. Looks like you had an active night. We are going on our 3rd week without any sort of storm. I'm hoping we get more active soon.




  
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Aug 29, 2011 15:00 |  #15

It's like shooting fireworks, except you don't know when the fireworks are gonna happen so my guess is he has a ton of boring 'no lightning' photos. ahahha.


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