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Todd Secki Registered since 03rd Feb 2011Tue 21-Jun-11 11:41 PM
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"Lightning Bolt!! Advise??"


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Had a few bad storms rip through CT last week. I do not know proper settings for shooting lightning but it looks pretty good. Any advise?
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JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Wed 22-Jun-11 01:06 AM
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Nice image! I'm not sure that there are "proper settings. I've seen both shorter and longer exposures, but it's really the randomness of:how many lightning bursts occur during the exposure.

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DeanAZ Moderator Expert nature photographer Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007Wed 22-Jun-11 04:52 AM
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It's pretty much trial and error as you don't know in advance what the intensity or distance to the strike will be. I think you are on the right track with a long exposure to increase the odds of having a strike occur while the shutter is open. A smaller aperture may have helped for this shot (hindsight) but this looks kinda close (inverse square law for the intensity.)

Another trick to try is to use a bulb setting with a remote and place a piece of black card over the lens to stop the exposure after a strike has been recorded.

I would clone out the water drops on the window because it looks like you are afraid to got out in the storm.

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hawkie Registered since 22nd Mar 2008Wed 22-Jun-11 10:45 AM
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This is san amazing photo! If it were mine, I would clone out the water droplets and crop out the awning. Otherwise, AMAZING!

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This is a pretty cool shot Todd!

Have you seen the lightning shot that Neil posted here?

If you scroll down to post #9 you will see that his shot has some very hot spots just like yours that he was able to tame in post processing .

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jdearman Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Nov 2005Mon 11-Jul-11 09:09 PM
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Todd, Check out the link below:

http://www.lightningtrigger.com/

The lightning Trigger is a neat device and makes lightning photography easier. FYI, I have no connection to this company. I purchased his product after many frustrating failures manually.

Here is an image taken with the Trigger on July 3rd of this year

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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Fri 15-Jul-11 02:36 PM
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I love the sky color. The gradient is awesome!

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EAPhoto Registered since 16th Jan 2013Wed 23-Jan-13 07:59 PM
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Very nice Todd. I am new here catching up on any lightning post as I love to shoot lightning. If you remove some/a lot of red from this shot the sky will turn a gorgeous metallic blue.

  

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