Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lightning (1 of 3)

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

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  • 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!

    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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