Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lightning (1 of 3)

ISO 100 ~ f/8 ~ 30sec ~ 28mm

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4 Comments:

  • I'm curious... How many pictures did you have to take to get one like that? With a 30 second exposure, it seems as if you were just "hoping" a flash would come during that time, right? You couldn't really plan something like that... :-)

    By Blogger Andrea Herrlinger, at 10:07 PM  

  • that is such a NEAT picture! Wow.

    By Blogger Bethany, at 11:41 PM  

  • This summer I tried so hard to take a lightning picture. All to no avail. :( I'm probably too impatient, I kept turning my camera to a new area! :P And I too want to know how many pics you took before you got this one! :)

    By Blogger Goldfish, at 12:14 AM  

  • @Annie: I took a total of 31 photos (all 30 second exposures), 20 of which had nothing in them. The other 11 had some, but this was by far the best shot. Exactly right; the idea is that you're hoping a lightning strike will fall in the range of your camera within the 30 second period.
    I have tried many times before, and this by far the most perfect conditions for the shoot. 31 exposures is really not very many, but it IS a total of about 15 minutes of open shutter time!!! :) (Not to mention the 10 second delay of my self-timer for most of the shots, since I don't have a remote shutter release cable) :)

    @Bethany: Thank you! :)

    @Goldfish: I had to resist the temptation many times to swing my camera to a better place... Seems like wherever your camera is NOT is the place where the biggest strikes are likely to be! :) I did have to move it as the storm moved, though. I was glad that I got this one, as the rain started just 1 or 2 shots after I got this one. :)
    You are right, patience is the key, although I will admit that the storm patterns down here allow for a better opportunity than up in WI. Both me and my equipment would have been SOAKED up there!

    @All:
    Sorry for the long delay in posting... It has been rather hectic around here for the last little while. Posting may be slightly more sporadic, but I hope to get back into some semblance of a schedule before next year.

    By Blogger Ryebread, at 12:55 AM  

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