Lightning Strike

This one with bonus Christmas Lights.

One of Four reasonable lightning shots I got from the veranda before the rain started to blow in.

View all photos taken: Friday, 15th December 2006, This photo: 7:00pm

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  • rolypoly_girl said:
    Incredible shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Janine :) I was quite happy when this one popped up on the LCD!
  • C Zimmerman said:
    Need to cut down some of them trees so you get better lightning shots ;~)
  • David de Groot said:
    Or get weather sealed camera equipment so I can stand in the rain.... neither prospect is likely to happen...

    What I need to do is head out to the plainlands or the beach when there's a storm about (but not raining on me).
  • photo by Alison said:
    easy! :) I thing you did just fine!

    I've never tried to photograph lightning! Any tips? tripod? time exposure? or just sit there and shot randomly... hoping to click at the same time the lightning struck???????
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely a tripod.
    Exposure times vary, but I find anywhere between 15 secs and 30 secs if you don't have a bulb release or it's a bit bright, is fairly good. I tried aperture values of f/9 and f/8 tonight, and have shot with f/8 previously.
    I'd imagine if it were brighter you might go for something smaller (f/16 or so?)
    If it's dark though, maybe a bulb exposure of 10 mins might get some really impressive strikes... All a bit trial and error which is why digital is so handy (and less expensive - 'cause let's face it, a picture of a night scene without lightning or any other lights tends to be a bit pointless).
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh and on a more general sense... you want to find a good sheltered spot to setup (mind the wind and where rain might blow in), with good unobstructed views of where the lightning will be (for that you need to "read" the storm). Be prepared to pack up quickly if the weather changes or your gear is about to get wet. A chair and a cable release are also really handy, 'cause you could be there a while and you don't want to be pressing the shutter on the camera and getting a shaky lightning shot.

    And finally, I'm not an expert, I just play one on flickr ;-)
  • St*wart said:
    awesome, that's what it's all about huh?
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure is :)
  • stpnwolfnr said:
    Thats an impressive bolt. How far away was it striking?

    While I have acess to my mums digital(Fuji s7000) , I am hoping for some lightning, so I can try out multishot mode which can either takes continuous shots, or takes pictures until you let go of the button and records the last 5 shots.
  • David de Groot said:
    Relatively close - over the other side of the valley, possibly over the hill on the other side of the valley. There was about a 1.5 sec delay between strike and sound.

    Had another storm this arvo while we were at the airport - too light for long exposures though.
  • photo by Alison said:
    Thanks for all that info David!! I am looking forward to trying that next time we have a storm!! I have the cable release and tripod (and chair) at the ready!! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    You're welcome Alison :) Good luck!
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    I really would like to try something like this myself - I am always envious of other people's lightning shots.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I managed to capture some with the S2 last storm season. It just means you need to shoot a bit more frequently as it'll only do a 15 sec exposure.
  • Chris Blomquist said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Danke :)
  • bris1969 said:
    Great shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) I do like a good lightning shot, and one of these days I'll go somewhere where I can get one.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    amazing shot :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Old Stone said:
    Remarkable shot, and I love the Xmas lights. Thanks for the lesson and discussion on the technique for getting the shot.
    Thanks for sharing your Storms!
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) It's definitely not what I'd class a really good lightning shot, but I caught it all the same.
  • MY LIFE ~ Nelo said:
    Fantastic capture! I love the trees all around!

    Thanks for sharing your Storms!
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  • T_DAWG said:
    I like the trees too! It seems the lightning actually was following the gap between the trees
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  • David de Groot said:
    Well they are lovely, and filled with birds on a regular basis, but for lightning photos, they're a bit of a bother.

    It does a bit doesn't it? :)