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Lens: Sigma 17-70 f2.8-f4 Camera: K-3 Photo Location: Carthage, Missouri ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 6s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: jhacker, 11-19-2015, 09:12 PM

I haven't had too many opportunities to photograph lightning this year. But two opportunities presented themselves in the past month and a half. I shot these on Nov. 16, 2015. Carthage High School is home of the Tigers, hence the water tower that says Tigers.

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11-19-2015, 09:23 PM   #2
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Pretty awesome pictures. Last time I shot lightning I did it with a non-WR camera. I'm hoping the next time I'm shooting in the rain it will be with a water resistant Pentax. Did you just open the shutter and wait for the lightning to come? That's what I did. Opened the shutter for 8 seconds and hoped for the best. It worked.
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Pretty awesome pictures. Last time I shot lightning I did it with a non-WR camera. I'm hoping the next time I'm shooting in the rain it will be with a water resistant Pentax. Did you just open the shutter and wait for the lightning to come? That's what I did. Opened the shutter for 8 seconds and hoped for the best. It worked.
Yes, I was limited to shorter exposures because of the ambient light on the water tower. I didn't want to blow out the scene, so I went with low ISO 200 and a narrower aperture, F9 to F10, than I normally go with. I was still limited to six seconds before I started blowing out the water tower. If I'm out in a rural area where I don't have these lights, I'll open the shutter for 20 seconds or more depending on the frequency of the lightning.
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Nice capture.....thanks for posting.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jhacker Quote
Yes, I was limited to shorter exposures because of the ambient light on the water tower. I didn't want to blow out the scene, so I went with low ISO 200 and a narrower aperture, F9 to F10, than I normally go with. I was still limited to six seconds before I started blowing out the water tower. If I'm out in a rural area where I don't have these lights, I'll open the shutter for 20 seconds or more depending on the frequency of the lightning.
You did a good job of balancing both.
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