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Offline Paul Atkins  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:18:31 AM(UTC)
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Personally, I do not know, however hopefully people can help in this Weather Forum for lightning photography.

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Offline Colmait  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, 21 August 2019 3:06:10 PM(UTC)
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Test photo
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, 21 August 2019 3:09:54 PM(UTC)
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I just posted the above lightning photo but I think it may be too big. This was from an Ipad using the Imgur app which I don’t really like. Doesn’t allow you to edit or post it to your album which allows you to do those things.

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#4 Posted : Thursday, 22 August 2019 7:58:25 PM(UTC)
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Thank you.
I have just checked and you wouldn't have had the upload/attach button yesterday. All users will have that now.
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#5 Posted : Friday, 23 August 2019 4:46:40 PM(UTC)
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Awesome. I kept looking for the paper clip etc.
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#6 Posted : Sunday, 1 September 2019 12:08:20 PM(UTC)
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Here is the way I do lightning photo`s using a DSLR camera at night.

Firstly a sturdy Tripod & a Cable Release or Remote Trigger will be needed.

Set the camera to Bulb.
Set the F stop at between f9 to f22, this will give a good depth of field for strikes that are close or in the distance.
Set the ISO to 100. Lower ISO`s will reduce the amount of "noise" in the image
Find a light in the distance to focus on or set the focus to Infinity.

Once the camera is set, press the release or trigger. Count to 30 & release. Keep repeating to get the shot.

Sometimes there can be several strikes in 30 seconds. One thing to keep in mind is that this can cause over exposure, making the final image to bright. With a bit of practice you will soon get a feel as to when to end the exposure. If you would like multible strikes in one shot, increase the exposure time & use a higher f stop.

I have never had much luck shooting during the day but a friend uses a "Lightning Trigger" & has had some good results.

https://shop.iceinspace..../dslr-lightning-trigger/

Some Smartphones can take long exposures, so combined with a tripod & a Bluetooth remote it might be worth trying.

There are no set rules & it might take a bit of trial & error to get the results.

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Remember that lightning can kill so take care when out shooting.
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#7 Posted : Sunday, 1 September 2019 12:31:15 PM(UTC)
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Wow. That is excellent. Thank you Ambient.
I have a camera, the tripod and bulb have just been ordered and I now just need a storm!
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#8 Posted : Sunday, 1 September 2019 6:49:12 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Pabloako Go to Quoted Post
Wow. That is excellent. Thank you Ambient.
I have a camera, the tripod and bulb have just been ordered and I now just need a storm!


I am pretty much on the same page as Ambient with the way I take them as well.

The real important thing is to make sure you have a trigger whether it is cable or auto. If you have to manually press the camera to get a shot you will get noise or vibration through the camera and onto the shot. It is almost the most vital part of a good shot.

Some shots I have taken, I have had the lense open for 90+ seconds which is not good as it can burn the sensor out and that costs a fair bit to replace. Sometimes you can end up taking 50 to 100shots just to get the right one depending on the storm. If you have a rapid fire storm you chances are better.

Another important point is moisture from the storm. Sometimes the wind will blow rain onto your equipment and once again, prolonged exposure will ruin the camera.

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Not sure in the quality as I am ising my phone to upload and it is not the direct link.

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#9 Posted : Tuesday, 3 September 2019 6:52:07 PM(UTC)
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Quality looks great and such wonderful photos.

Roll on storm season to try your tips out.
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#10 Posted : Monday, 9 September 2019 10:24:30 AM(UTC)
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Even for night time lightning shots I tend to try and keep the exposure time down to a maximum of say 10 seconds, much less if at all possible. This minimizes cloud motion softening the features of the clouds and also light trails etc from passing cars and what not, it also helps keep the sensor cooler and thus minimizes noise in the image.

Below image for instance is at F-11 for 10 seconds.

UserPostedImage
Vibrant
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

F-8 4 second exposure at ISO 100

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Magic Hour
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

F-13 for 2 seconds ISO 50

UserPostedImage
Kaboom
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

For daytime bolts I'm a bit of a shutter abuser as I'm not really a fan of using lightning triggers as they tend to often miss a lot of the detail in bolts. I generally use a 10 stop ND filter to allow for longer exposures and just lock the shutter open.

Below shot for instance was shot at around 2 pm in bright daylight. Settings were F-16 exposure time 0.5 seconds.

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A touch too close!
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

Hope this helps.

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#11 Posted : Tuesday, 10 September 2019 5:36:23 AM(UTC)
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What amazing photographs Orebound and thank you for sharing them with us, together with your camera settings and tips.

That last image was a very close encounter! (Hence Ambient's big red warning text!)

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#12 Posted : Tuesday, 10 September 2019 5:37:30 AM(UTC)
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Amazing images Orebound.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, 10 September 2019 5:51:16 AM(UTC)
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Thanks guys!

Taking images of lightning is really just one of those trial and error things. Believe me some of my early attempts were dreadful!

If I could suggest one thing it would be to always expose for the brightest and closest bolt you think you might get. You may end up underexposing a few of the weaker ones but at least you wont blow the hell out of that potential wall hanger shot! I used to spend a lot of time trying to recover blown out images, now I just tend to bin the underexposed ones.

I'm certainly no expert on the art of photography but happy to help in any way.
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Offline Eddy  
#14 Posted : Tuesday, 10 September 2019 1:16:52 PM(UTC)
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They are some spectacular bolts there guys.

Don't be afraid to up the ISO if the storm is some distance away.

This storm was some 200ks out to sea from memory.
Exposure 15 seconds, F4 and ISO 500. Focal length 105mm and the pic has been cropped significantly.
UserPostedImageUntitled1 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr
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#15 Posted : Thursday, 12 September 2019 9:45:25 AM(UTC)
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Nice one Eddy!

Here's one of my attempts at being "creative" BigGrin

F 5.6 Exposure 10 seconds ISO 200

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Burning Branches
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F 11 Exposure 3 seconds ISO 125

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Texas Nights
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F 11 Exposure 2 seconds ISO 100

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Into the Blue
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#16 Posted : Thursday, 12 September 2019 7:26:48 PM(UTC)
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What amazing images Orebond. I love the ones where there is a main focal area in the foreground that looks all serene and then in the back ground there is a bl**dy big bolt of lighting!
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#17 Posted : Friday, 13 September 2019 5:48:42 PM(UTC)
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Yes great images Orebound.
Just hoping this summer delivers plenty of opportunities??
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#18 Posted : Friday, 13 September 2019 6:08:59 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Eddy Go to Quoted Post
Yes great images Orebound.
Just hoping this summer delivers plenty of opportunities??



Thanks Eddy.

Thankfully living in northern Australia makes it pretty easy to find some bolts throughout the wet season. We track around between Darwin and the west Kimberley fairly regularly throughout the season so storms aren't that hard to find. I do find myself getting pretty lazy these days as far as waiting up for the later overnight stuff though BigGrin
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#19 Posted : Friday, 13 September 2019 10:25:44 PM(UTC)
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One day Im going to visit the top end and I will make sure its in the middle of the wet season too.

Here is a pic when I was stuck at work, making the best out of a [censored]situation.
UserPostedImageIMG_6908 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr
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#20 Posted : Sunday, 15 September 2019 11:23:39 AM(UTC)
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Awesome shot Eddy, lovely and sharp!

Here's a few more random bolts from around the Top End...

F 5.6 8 seconds ISO 200

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Who Let the Dogs Out
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F 8.0 6 seconds ISO 500

UserPostedImage
Bam!!!
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

F 13 10 seconds ISO 200

UserPostedImage
Stormy Nights
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

F 5.6 10 seconds ISO 200

UserPostedImage
Pine Creek Staccato
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

F 11 3 seconds ISO 50

UserPostedImage
Sunset Staccato
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

Enjoy Cool

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