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    I noticed that there's been a lot of streaky lightning during the evening in the north and northwest of Singapore this past week.

    Anyone interested may try to capture this natural spectacle from the heights of the new 40 storey blocks at Toa Payoh Central. Hurry while "stocks" last.

    Shot some slides and hope they turn out well.

    Just a heads up. Cheers.
    Last edited by Peegee; 19th April 2009 at 08:25 PM.

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    noticed the lighting from marina barrage too. looks explosive!

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    Tried to capture the lightnings at Marina Barrage yesterday. No luck.
    Any tips?

    Keeping firing untill I get lucky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poseidon61 View Post
    Tried to capture the lightnings at Marina Barrage yesterday. No luck.
    Any tips?

    Keeping firing untill I get lucky?
    Simple way is to expose longer.... and let the lightning strike in between the frames...
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    I still recommend shooting the lightning from as high up as possible. The view is spectacular. Need lotsa luck too. Maybe use a black card on bulb mode.

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Simple way is to expose longer.... and let the lightning strike in between the frames...

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    get a lightning trigger?

    not that i have...
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    get a lightning trigger?

    not that i have...
    Modify a light-sensitive trigger (those used to trigger slave strobes/flashes when they register a burst of light) to trigger a camera? Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    Modify a light-sensitive trigger (those used to trigger slave strobes/flashes when they register a burst of light) to trigger a camera? Just a thought.
    ... den the lightning trigger the flash not the cam...

    camera is master (trigger), flash is slave (triggered). how to do other way round? somemore DSLR goes to sleep mode after some time, not like film cam- whole day dun sleep oso can!!
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Check this one out - lightning-activated shutter release!

    http://www.lightningtrigger.com/

    Costs a whopping USD$329 though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillamee View Post
    Check this one out - lightning-activated shutter release!

    http://www.lightningtrigger.com/

    Costs a whopping USD$329 though!
    yes, i saw that too when i Googled, but i wonder if there aer cheaper brands out there... i would not part that much money for such a specialised tool.
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    ... den the lightning trigger the flash not the cam...

    camera is master (trigger), flash is slave (triggered). how to do other way round? somemore DSLR goes to sleep mode after some time, not like film cam- whole day dun sleep oso can!!
    I think you didn't read my post properly.

    There is a type of trigger that will trigger a flash when it detects light. It's either called a photosensitive flash trigger or a optical flash trigger (can't remember which).

    The usual scope of application is when you have two flashes and no way to trigger them wirelessly. Attaching this trigger to one of the flashes and mounting the other on your camera, when you fire off your on-camera flash, the trigger will sense the light and trigger off the slave flash attached to it. The master is your main flash, not the camera.

    Using this technology, if someone can modify this flash trigger to trigger a camera instead, then we'd be able to shoot lightning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    I think you didn't read my post properly.

    There is a type of trigger that will trigger a flash when it detects light. It's either called a photosensitive flash trigger or a optical flash trigger (can't remember which).

    The usual scope of application is when you have two flashes and no way to trigger them wirelessly. Attaching this trigger to one of the flashes and mounting the other on your camera, when you fire off your on-camera flash, the trigger will sense the light and trigger off the slave flash attached to it. The master is your main flash, not the camera.

    Using this technology, if someone can modify this flash trigger to trigger a camera instead, then we'd be able to shoot lightning.
    my mistake, the way i replied...

    i do have that kind of slave trigger for external flash. if someone could do the reverse for that, it would not be me. i am not any good with electronics. there may be technical differences between a triggering a camera to snap a shot (worse, if it went into sleep mode) & a flash popping off.
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    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peegee View Post
    I still recommend shooting the lightning from as high up as possible. The view is spectacular. Need lotsa luck too. Maybe use a black card on bulb mode.
    Black Card might not really work because lightning usually happen so fast, by the time you react, the lightning is gone.
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    I do short countdowns, shoot and hope for the best.

    Quote Originally Posted by Francis247 View Post
    Black Card might not really work because lightning usually happen so fast, by the time you react, the lightning is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peegee View Post
    I do short countdowns, shoot and hope for the best.
    There are some tricks to getting shots like this.





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    did you use a long exposure to do that? care to explain? thanks, nice photo btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis247 View Post
    There are some tricks to getting shots like this.





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    Nice pic. is it taken at sengkang?

    Btw.. can teach how to do tt?
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    Here's my shot and how I did it. Actually, it is pretty easy and you can go have a cup of coffee and let the camera do all the work

    Taken from my 11 floor window in SengKang



    1) Point camera at a spot that lightning has been occuring
    2) Set on tripod
    3) Attach wire release
    4) Set camera to continuous burst
    5) Set to manual mode (say 30sec shutter speed with suitable aperture)
    6) Lock wire release so that it is depressed (Like what you do for BULB exposure)
    7) Go have a cup of kopi and check your shots after some time
    Last edited by khloh46; 22nd April 2009 at 11:37 AM.

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    this is definably not for those are very concern about wasting shutter counts.
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    yah, u are right. I got the pic after 30 shots.

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