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    Just happens there was a thunderstorm this afternoon and tried to capture the ligthnings of the approaching storm. Made about 200 shots of the dark clouds and the horizon but got nothing. See lightnings, too late and heck I am no good at predicting when lightning will strike. I have a G2.

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    shoot lightning?? Can u react to the speed of light?

    The best way is shoot multiple exposures (sequence mode) and then pray u caught something. But I think 4D more likely then u getting a decent shot in.


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    I think the problem lies with you (or humans) rather than the camera
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    Usually, people used very slow film and leave the Camera on at a very long time...

    Unless DC can go more then 30mins w/o noise......

    I think the chances are very little
    *unless of course you pre-amp where the lightning will be and start shooting ..... you might get lucky and have one!

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    Yes, it can be done. Put the camera on long exposure, like 4-8s. Anticipate the interval between the different strikes. I've tried before, but results are not spectacular. Will try to dig it out....

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    Originally posted by ckiang
    Yes, it can be done. Put the camera on long exposure, like 4-8s. Anticipate the interval between the different strikes. I've tried before, but results are not spectacular. Will try to dig it out....

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    was trying to suggest the same thing too but you beat me to it

    don't have any example to show though. tunderstorms usually happen when I'm at work
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    Originally posted by mpenza


    was trying to suggest the same thing too but you beat me to it

    don't have any example to show though. tunderstorms usually happen when I'm at work
    But some stroke of luck, I managed to catch a bit, but not very spectacular. Those thunderstorms usually happen when I am in office or zzzz.

    Here's one.



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    i read somewhere that the black card trick works for lightning. use BULB and place a black card over the lens. when u feel that sufficient time has passed, remove the card and wait for the lightning. this method can get more than 1 bolt on the same image

    not sure if this is the method ckiang was referring to.

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    Originally posted by yeppie99
    i read somewhere that the black card trick works for lightning. use BULB and place a black card over the lens. when u feel that sufficient time has passed, remove the card and wait for the lightning. this method can get more than 1 bolt on the same image

    not sure if this is the method ckiang was referring to.
    That will work fine for SLRs. My digicam doesn't have a bulb mode, and those which have will really need a cable release. Notice that it is already quite noisy, so it's better to do it with a film camera. The principle is about the same as shooting fireworks.

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    At tleast I can confirm that u should be able to do fireworks easily with a G2.

    Date/Time: 2002.01.01 01:01:25
    Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
    Aperture: 2.0
    Exposure mode: Program
    Flash: Off
    Metering mode: Center-weighted average
    Drive mode: Continuous frame: 2
    ISO: 200
    Lens: 7.0 to 21.0 mm
    Focal length: 7.0 mm
    Subject distance: 65.535 m
    AF mode: Single AF
    Focus point: [Center]
    Image size: 1704 x 2272
    Image quality: Superfine
    White balance: Auto
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpness: Normal
    Contrast: Normal

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    i remember someone manage to capture a very nice lighting with a DC.....it was in the long long nite shot thread in DC&P forum



    taken from http://www.kyworship.org

    (i can't find the page with this photo..only a direct link)
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    At 1/50s without flash still can get so bright at that time of the day?? hmmmmm this always puzzles me. Cuz on 707 ay 1/30 or even less at low lighted area, you hardly can see anything liao leh..

    Originally posted by Java_Guru


    At tleast I can confirm that u should be able to do fireworks easily with a G2.

    Date/Time: 2002.01.01 01:01:25
    Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
    Aperture: 2.0
    Exposure mode: Program
    Flash: Off
    Metering mode: Center-weighted average
    Drive mode: Continuous frame: 2
    ISO: 200
    Lens: 7.0 to 21.0 mm
    Focal length: 7.0 mm
    Subject distance: 65.535 m
    AF mode: Single AF
    Focus point: [Center]
    Image size: 1704 x 2272
    Image quality: Superfine
    White balance: Auto
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpness: Normal
    Contrast: Normal

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    You want Lightning Pics? Then check out this thread at DPreview's Fuji Talk Forum.

    Very impressive shot.

    :Later,

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    Thanks for all the pointers. Managed to capture just 2 shots last night. Maybe I was lucky, but the storm (it didn't rain, shucks) was coming over from behind the flats. I set Tv at 5s since I thought I was shooting at night.



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    Nice Nice....no such luck with ligtinings yet..hope some day will be able to get them...

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    tried yesterday shooting lightning @ tanah merah mrt for 1/2 hour...but couldn't quite catch it excep this blurry one......wrong timing


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    foxfire...ur first pic is gr8! hope can see some lightning here...

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    Originally posted by foxfire
    Thanks for all the pointers. Managed to capture just 2 shots last night. Maybe I was lucky, but the storm (it didn't rain, shucks) was coming over from behind the flats. I set Tv at 5s since I thought I was shooting at night.


    Great pic!!!! If it was a castle instead of HDB flats, it would be real spooky
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    EXCELLENT PIC
    Canon Lover :)

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    Originally posted by ckiang





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    u know something,CK? from this picture..i can tell you are at block 945,Tampines Ave 4. coz i stayed here too!!!

    i have the same view from here too...but i jus stayed lower lah...

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