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      11-16-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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Shooting lightning storms

How would you guys go about doing this?

Camera settings, what lens to use...you know, the works.


Did a search on this but I didnt find anything.
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How would you guys go about doing this?

Camera settings, what lens to use...you know, the works.


Did a search on this but I didnt find anything.
tripod, lens up to you, shutter release cable, find a good spot, f10-22 depending of the lights around you, shutter set to bulb, hold for a minute then repeat until you get lucky. very dark night and patience would help, oh and snacks

at least thats how i´m planning on doing it..
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^ what panicos said. Except you may not need to hold it for a minute depending on how bright the sky is.
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panicos81 seems to be spot on. there's really no way of "predicting" when lightning will come, so best attempt is to do a semi-long exposure and just keep snapping.
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There is a guy here in Tampa that was taking some pics of his car in a garage while it was raining. A near perfect bolt of lighting struck during one of his long exposures.

This is damn close to a once in a life time shot.



His name is Mike. Link to his flicker site - http://www.flickr.com/photos/onefastvr6/
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^^^ holy shit!
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Just had to play with that image a bit.


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As above, but I'll usually go around f/22 and as low an ISO as I can to reduce as much noise as I can. I've only captured one good shot, though I've not tried very often. I'll post a pic up tonight as I don't have it with me.

And again, as other's have said, depending on the ambient light in the sky, your exposure time will vary. In my case, it was nearly pitch black (outside of Las Cruces, NM) and some relatively heavy clouds. The clouds did pick up some light from the towns, but with the small apature, it won't blow out the rest of the image.

As far as the lens...depends on what you want to look at. If there's a ton of lightning, you may be able to use a longer lens. If it seems to be somewhat random, a wider lens may be in order to get a larger area of the sky. It all depends on the kind of shot you're looking for.
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There's a tool that you can attach to your camera. It detects when lightning hits and automatically captures it for you. I forgot what it's called but you can look it up. I remember it being a bit pricey.
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electronic remote.... with a timer, and a delay feature.

set it up so it does multiple 60 second shots with a minute between to move data around and let sensor cool

then you don't have to touch the camera once it's set up on the tripod and you can trigger it from the safety of indoors
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they make lightning triggers.

http://www.lightningtrigger.com/Gallery.html
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There is a guy here in Tampa that was taking some pics of his car in a garage while it was raining. A near perfect bolt of lighting struck during one of his long exposures.

This is damn close to a once in a life time shot.



His name is Mike. Link to his flicker site - http://www.flickr.com/photos/onefastvr6/
epic pic.

..or you can just photoshop it if you aren't patient.
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thanks for all the info guys. A lot of good stuff.

You guys sure can do some crazy stuff when it comes to post processing.
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Other than some quick cleanup, I haven't done much to this, so I need to edit it a bit...but this is the first and only lightning I've ever shot so...
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if you give it a nice crop, it will show pretty nicely.
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That's what I plan to do. I'm so behind on my photos. Sooner or later I'll get around to it.
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