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Crazy Lightning
Lens: Tamron 17-50 f2.8 Camera: Pentax K-x Photo Location: Northern Illinois ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: >6s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: krp, 06-09-2011, 10:34 AM

Last night I watched and photographed an amazing thunderstorm. It lasted a good 7-8 hours. There was so much lightning, it was hard to narrow it down to 10 pictures to post here.

1. This is a combination of pictures number 6-8.


2. I don't know how windy it really was but the Severe Thunderstorm Warning said 100+ mph winds.


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7. This one is my favorite. It's so close but there's no blown highlights.


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10. Looking out the window.

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Excellent shots Kevin.The storm looks very intense.--charliezap
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Very impressive. That looks like it was one heck of a storm.
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AMAZING. I have wanted to shoot lightning for at least two years and I never seem to get my timing right (as far as getting to the storm with my camera). Great shots!

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Wow! Amazing! Thanks for showing us
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I've never had much luck with lightening, no good views from the house so i have to head out, mostly by the time i get to a good shooting spot it's passed through
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Nice shots. Thanks.
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Kevin, would you mind giving us the techniques you used in capturing these photos, Handheld, tripod, camera mode, settings etc. Great images that many of us would like to produce, thanks Bob

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Thanks everyone.

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Kevin, would you mind giving us the techniques you used in capturing these photos, Handheld, tripod, camera mode, settings etc. Great images that many of us would like to produce, thanks Bob
Sure. I put my camera on a tripod and use a shutter speed between 10 and 30 seconds usually. 30 seconds is usually best so I don't have to press the shutter as much. I use a a wirelesss camera remote. If the lightning is dim and farther away, I shoot wide open. If it's bright and close, I stop down. I always shoot at the widest focal length I can to maximize the chance of lightning being in the frame. When it's not raining I'm usually on the back porch, and when it is raining I shoot out of an open door or an open window with the screen off. Also I shoot in raw so I can hope to recover blown highlights and fix the white balance. If you take many shots with the exact same frame then you can combine all the lightning in photoshop like my firs picture. Just copy the pictures on top of each other and then choose the "lighten" option in layers.
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Excellent shots! Too bad (or maybe it's good) we don't get electrical storms like that around here. First one looks out of a sci-fi movie.
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Great shots....
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Sure. I put my camera on a tripod and use a shutter speed between 10 and 30 seconds usually. 30 seconds is usually best so I don't have to press the shutter as much. I use a a wirelesss camera remote. If the lightning is dim and farther away, I shoot wide open. If it's bright and close, I stop down. I always shoot at the widest focal length I can to maximize the chance of lightning being in the frame. When it's not raining I'm usually on the back porch, and when it is raining I shoot out of an open door or an open window with the screen off. Also I shoot in raw so I can hope to recover blown highlights and fix the white balance. If you take many shots with the exact same frame then you can combine all the lightning in photoshop like my firs picture. Just copy the pictures on top of each other and then choose the "lighten" option in layers.
Kevin, thanks so much for taking the time to post the info, now all I have to do is wait for a lightning storm, take care. Bob
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You cought some goo shots there.
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