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Lightning exercise
Lens: DAL 18 - 55 / A501:1.7 Camera: Pentax K-m Photo Location: Estonia 
Posted By: TLiivo, 07-29-2010, 06:48 AM

Had my first real opportunity to shoot lightning. Just used a tripod, no remote. Used bulb mode at first, but then decided to go for the 30s shutter.

Here are my results.

Sorry for the clarity overdrive on some of them, didn't notice it until after. As long as the last one is ok, i'm fine.

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07-29-2010, 07:51 AM   #2
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The last shot is great- and scary! It make me feel as it I'm about to get struck myself. 5/5

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Sweet Zeus's beard!! that last shot is badass.
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Could you please tell me your exact settings. I love lightning shots, have many of my own from my old camera.
But my Pentax *ist DS has given me poor results, I figure I'm doing something wrong, just not sure what, so may be I can adapted your settings to work for me.

I'm kind of worried that I may have brought the wrong camera....

Heres a shot from my old camera, Fuji S9500

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The last shot is easily the best, and it's a really scary picture of lightning. PLEASE be careful. Out walking with family with a thunderstorm some miles away to the south (substantial delays from flash to noise), but a chain-link fence we were approaching to look down into a gorge started crackling and popping, with sparks jumping up to two/three inches to adjacent bushes. Electricity can travel very fast to unexpected places.
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I know, I've seen lightning jump from tree to tree and they were 10-20 feet apart so I know what it can do, also seen it split a tree in half and decapitate a tree so I'm well aware of how dangerous it can be, I have a family pet next to me so if I do get zapped it'll cross over to the dog, I know thats rough, but if you were gonna cop it bad, would you take it or pass it on the the dog ?

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