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    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone has any experience with catching lightning on pictures. This morning woke up with a huge downpour and rumbling of thunder so i happily armed myself with my camera and wait.

    Alas most of my shots overexposed due to my lack of photography skill. Anyone attempted b4 this kinda shots or has any articles to recommend?

    Kilkenny

    ps : its 6.45 am and i cant get back to sleep .......bo form

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    Sample exposure for lightning:

    ISO : 50-100
    Aperture : f/5.6
    Shutter speed : Bulb; keep shutter depressed for several lightning flashes

    Source

    Perhaps someone with experience can add to this ?

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    you stay in jurong? the thundercloud was directly above my block..
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    Most consumer digital cameras don't have bulb mode.

    It's very difficult to take pics of lightning in daytime manually. The timing must be just right.

    Here's a site with some info: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/1801/tips.html

    Here's some of mine (sorry, no direct link.. cut and paste to URL):

    http://dbchoong.netfirms.com/lightning/l1.jpg

    http://dbchoong.netfirms.com/lightning/l2.jpg

    http://dbchoong.netfirms.com/lightning/l3.jpg

    http://dbchoong.netfirms.com/lightning/l4.jpg

    All these pics taken at around 3 secs exposure, f2.8.

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    shot at f8.0 15 sec it still over expose at f8. basically it's the same as shooting fireworks, you use aperture to control how bright the lightning will appear. normaly use small aperture and long exposure to shoot lightning so as to increase the chances of capturing the lightning.

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    Hmm.........thanks all for the valuable advice. I can see the wisdom behind using small aperture and long exposure. Yupxz i stay in the west area, in bukit panjang but enough to see the lightning and all.

    I am using a consumer camera, cant even control aperture and exposure, but i was wondering with the brightness of the lightning .......assuming i can actually take a shot every second ( tt is keep shooting ) might i actually capture a decent picture of lightning?

    Cheers
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    then it's "heng suay" situation... see if you're lucky..

    anyway, 15 sec exposure will definitely overexpose...only if luckily enough, the lightning comes at the end..

    what i do know pros use is a light detector-sort of device...

    that's how they get the clean lightning lines...

    anyway, for that photo shown above... WOW... that must have gave you a big shock!!!
    (no pun)

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