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09-09-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
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photographing lightning at daytime. Is it Possible

I am trying to photograph lightning during day time hours. Is this a something that can be done with reasonable expectations.

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It is possible with small stops and slow ASA settings. I try to time the bolts but you will miss quite a few doing this. With film it was wasteful but shooting digital there are no worries about wasting frames. Sometimes putting a polarizer in front helps to give you a bit longer exposure.
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I am pretty certain that you will need a Neutral Density filter under most circumstances. See for example here:

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The surefire way is to use a lightning trigger - [lightning trigger] | B&H Photo Video

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Google "lightning trigger".
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Good hood is even more important with the longer exposures using ND
...just in case that is news :^)

If you try the ND idea, I would look at 10-stop or so...
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For a ND to work, the strike would have to be very close... Scary close IMO.
There are some images out there taken with a trigger in daylight. Google for them...
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OK...
Because at night you would have a long exposure
During day with the ND filter, you would have a long exposure
Sounds like the same so what is the problem...

At night, the lightening is massively brighter than ambient and your exposure is based on ambient
At day, with the ND, your exposure is based on ND+ambient...
Yet the lightning is no longer massively brighter than ambient.. [so it wouldn't show as well as at night]

Right ?
I had to think about that some
ND seemed to have been a good suggestion...

QuoteOriginally posted by Ex Finn. Quote
For a ND to work, the strike would have to be very close... Scary close IMO.
There are some images out there taken with a trigger in daylight. Google for them...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Tan68 Quote
ND seemed to have been a good suggestion...
Yes indeed. Depends on the desired intensity.
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