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Jun 11, 2012 15:17 |  #1

Saturday night while visiting at a friend's place I had an opportunity to photograph some of the most intense lightning I've ever witnessed. We stood in his field to watch and capture. Nothing like being in the field with 2 cameras on tripods while lightning is all around you! :)

These are all 30 second exposures and the last image is a 5 image stack. The yellow dots and streaks in a few of the images are fireflies.

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Jun 11, 2012 15:24 |  #2

Wicked cool!!!


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Jun 11, 2012 16:36 |  #3

How did you get these shots? I've never seen lighting photography because it's damn hard with all the rain night the conditions are just not worth for sometimes. But these are worthy.
You need a super high shutter to get the lightings, at night you will not get these good bright shots? And a flash won't work (imagine if it did :D) so what is your technique?


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Jun 11, 2012 16:40 |  #4

These shots are absolutely amazing. Lightning has always fascinated me, and I haven't had a chance to shoot a good storm yet, but I can't wait until I can give it a shot. Very very well done, and well worth the risk of being in a field during all this :-P


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Jun 11, 2012 19:59 |  #5

A M A Z I N G ! ! ! !


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Jun 11, 2012 20:02 |  #6

WICKED COOL!

I thought the last one was just one 30 second period of lightning. I wish I got the chance to get some lightning shots, but we don't get lightning around here.


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Jun 11, 2012 20:15 |  #7

Great shots, I like the single bolts personally over the last stacked one. 1 & 2 are just awesome. Since i've gotten my DSLR (bulb mode!) every storm here is cloud to cloud....it figures.


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Jun 12, 2012 02:22 |  #8

Stunning ~~~


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Jun 12, 2012 02:53 |  #9

Awesome Scott!


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Jun 12, 2012 04:03 as a reply to  @ Firemike's post |  #10

wow, look so cool to try capture the lightning do you cover yourself with something since your on an open field ?


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Jun 12, 2012 07:27 |  #11

Thats awesome!!!




  
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Jun 12, 2012 08:10 |  #12

Amazing captures. Especially the last one. Quite a light show.


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Jun 12, 2012 08:43 |  #13

Just WOW!


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Jun 12, 2012 13:55 |  #14

Thank you all so much!

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How did you get these shots? I've never seen lighting photography because it's damn hard with all the rain night the conditions are just not worth for sometimes. But these are worthy.
You need a super high shutter to get the lightings, at night you will not get these good bright shots? And a flash won't work (imagine if it did :D) so what is your technique?

Thanks you. All these shots including the ones used for the stack are 30 second exposures. There was still some light in the sky as I started shooting at bout 20-30min after sunset. There was so much lightning that every 30 second exposure had several blasts of lightning in them. Also, while watching the storm you can get a feel for when they will strike. There is a cyclical aspect of lightning and you can pretty much time it. For instance, the lightning that filled the sky happened not a much as others and it would happen at consistent intervals. The light was always changing too. I was constantly changing settings on the camera. Adjusting f-stop and ISO settings. Knowing when a bright one would come I would use a higher f-stop setting around f8 and lower ISO around 200. Basically it boils down to experimentation and getting a feel for things while shooting then adjusting as needed. Also luck helps with lightning! :)

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wow, look so cool to try capture the lightning do you cover yourself with something since your on an open field ?

I was lucky and it wasn't raining for the 45min I was shooting. Not always so. One time I was shooting at night I had a plastic bag covering my camera and lens and was wearing a hoodie. It was raining but not pouring and the rain was not hitting the front element of my lens which allowed me to shoot.

Here is a photo from that night:

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Jun 12, 2012 14:11 |  #15

Excellent shots!!


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