A&P Photographing lightening

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  1. rubberjenny

    rubberjenny New Member

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    I am new and want to start chatting photography, please enjoy my attempt.

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    Here is photograph I took in Rome a few weeks ago. I did not have a tripod so it is a bit fuzzy. I had to shoot in B+W because with colour the images where really over exposed. So I bungled this one!

    How would you have taken a photograph of lightning?

    And have you got any examples?
     
  2. mobbarley

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    easiest way: manual mode + tripod + long exposure + hope for lightning
     
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    Def need tripod, long exposure helps. then just luck
     
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    I had a go with very long exposures but, when the lightning hit, the image became over exposed. And I have a limited knowledge of reciprocity law failure, I used to do some pin hole in a wooden 5*4 I made, I needed a chart with me at all times. I don't think the exposures would need to be very long and need to include Reciprocity.
     
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    Did you set your aperture correctly for a long exposure? If you set it correctly, the scene before/after the lightning strike should "burn" in. :dunno:
     
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    Google it.
     
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    Not bad, but the foreground objects being OOF makes it weird for me.
     
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    yea, not much i could do about it without getting wet.
     
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    Personally, I would have taken a similar exposure (i know, hard to do without the lightning) with just the foreground objects in focus then blended them in PS.

    Oh, and shoulda gotten wet. Ansel Adams cut down trees for the right shot. :mamoru:

    ibhateforaCab
     
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    4 strikes int he background
     
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    Easiest way is to have a camera with short shutter lag and use a lightning trigger.
     
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    you guys probably get more lightning in one week than we do in 2 years.

    I really need to get to florida to experience this...the shot with 4 strikes in the background gave me the chills
     
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    yep, sure sounds easier than using whatever camera you already have with a tripod :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow :eek3: insightful
     
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    Some really nice pictures there and really useful text, Thanks :) I used the why not green as my desk top image, I needed a new one.
     
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    I have never seen lightning like this, in the UK we maybe have a handful of storms, and you generally can't see the bolts, because of the think black clouds.
     
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    It is. You dont have to shoot 30" exposures to get something. You just set the camera there and it trips the camera when it sees lightning. It doesnt get much easier. :rolleyes:
     

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