A&P My first attempt at shooting lightning

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  1. Frank N. Beans

    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    nice shot, but needs more lightning
     
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    nice try better then me......
     
  4. Frank N. Beans

    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    Very true. I am just glad I got it. I was returning from Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.........I had a slight buzz. :mamoru:
     
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    What kind of camera are you using?
     
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    You know, that's a pretty cool shot.
     
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    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    Are you holding the shutter open for like 25 seconds at a time?
     
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    that looks pretty damn close..
     
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    ^^^
    impressive...how exactly are these done so that they dont look like ass?
    besides tripod.....
     
  13. Dammit now you guys got me wanting to try this :big grin:
     
  14. redna

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    Tripod is the only way my friend..

    Put the camera on a tripod, or something really really steady. Set your camera up according to the light situation you are in (i.e. where i was is pretty dark so i set up my camera for ~30 second exposures at f 4.5. The fstop would be higher if you were standing under a street lamp or something.)

    click the shutter and wait for a bolt to strike.

    Essentially you are letting the lightning bolt be your shutter.. when it strikes and makes everything bright your camera exposes the sensor(film) and when it is dark there is very little being exposed.

    I like to take a test shot like i would be doing a long exposure, so that everything in the frame turns out and that way the lightning is really bright and it acts as a background instead of just capturing the lightning.

    hope that helps.

    if you dont have a tripod, go to walmart and pick up a 14.99 tripod. they work awesome and for 15 bucks you cant beat it. Dont get me wrong, its not an independant leg, infinate angle, ballhead tripod or anything.. but it holds the camera still.
     
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    redna New Member

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    check out this gif i made (899Kb)
    http://members.cox.net/designwiz/lightningsky.gif

    you can see that even when there is no lightning, everything is still exposed like it would be in a long exposure. That is 8 pics i believe.

    That night i took 183 pictures and managed to get about 25 good pictures of lightning.. the rest were just mere long exposures.
     
  16. Frank N. Beans

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    I believe the shutter speed was around 15 seconds.
     
  17. Kriddaw

    Kriddaw More than meets the eye.

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    Yeah, there was a ton of lightning here last night, wasn't planning on shooting it but I have my camera with me and snapped some shots. Didn't have my tripod though :(

    In the car when it was going off right above us.
    [​IMG]

    When it moved further away.
    [​IMG]
     
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    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
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    so do you stop the exposure right after the lightning strikes, or does it not really matter?
     
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    I just let it ride. sometimes i put it on Bulb if i'm in a really dark area because then the only time you get anything on your sensor is if lightning strikes. Generally it will start getting blown out after about 4 strikes though.
     
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    Kirddaw, it looks like you were either out near Red Rock, or somewhere along a dimly lit portion of the 215.

    Care to enlighten?
     

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