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Lighting Strike/ Thunderstorm over Koh Tao
Contest Number: 101 Contest Theme: Best of 2014 Lens: Sigma 17-70 f1:2.8-4.0 OS HSM Camera: Pentax K30 Shutter Speed: 5s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: LucaBumble, 01-25-2015, 12:45 PM

This shot was taken in Thailand
My girlfriend and I, who were travelling together ate dinner in a little village on the beach when suddenly huge thunderclouds, approaching our island very fast, came into sight on the horizon. Our hostel was about 8km away and after we ate the thunderstorm was away only a few minutes.
We had to drive back to our hostel with our scooter as fast as we could and hoped the thunderstorm wouln't reach us until we arrive there. While we drove, the sky was lit by lighting strikes near the coast every 10 seconds and the thunders were frightening.
The clouds now nearly reached us but I really wanted to have a shot these huge lighting strikes, so after I drove my girlfriend to the hostel I drove a little further to the beach which was 2minutes away and tried to get one on camera.
After a few shots, I had to drive back to our hostel because it started to rain heavily. At the hostel I was happy to see that it was worth it.

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02-02-2015, 07:13 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Nice one! I've yet to capture a lightning image, so it was interesting to view your exif data. The camera was set for manual exposure, which means you deliberately selected ISO 1250 ?
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Thank you all very much.
And Yes audiobomber I set it to manual and deliberately selected 1250. There we're two uninteresting lightings of that I took test pictures and looked if the exposure was okay. Then I corrected the ISO and waited for the next one.
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very good. nominated

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