15 Spectacular Lightning Images


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lsisaxon

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http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/15-spectacular-lightning-images/

with so many 'lightning' accidents in sg .. strangely there's a lack of lightning photography here in singapore hor?
Singapore is too bright.. ;p You have to sit there and wait for the lightning.. The exposure for the image below is 4s, f/11 at ISO200. If I want to increase the exposure length to accomodate more lightnings, I would have to use a smaller aperture, lower the ISO or use an ND filter. A smaller aperture would put the optics at the diffraction limits. The ISO is already the lowest I could go on that body. And I don't have an ND filter with me at that time. ;p

Will try to catch more lightning if time permits.. ;p

EXIF Intact. Image cropped in PSE5.0.
 

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Singapore is too bright.. ;p You have to sit there and wait for the lightning.. The exposure for the image below is 4s, f/11 at ISO200. If I want to increase the exposure length to accomodate more lightnings, I would have to use a smaller aperture, lower the ISO or use an ND filter. A smaller aperture would put the optics at the diffraction limits. The ISO is already the lowest I could go on that body. And I don't have an ND filter with me at that time. ;p

Will try to catch more lightning if time permits.. ;p

EXIF Intact. Image cropped in PSE5.0.
woo nice!
hahah might spoil ur image quality but how about tinted windows in ur flat? can't they be used as a ND filter? might protect rain from splashing on ur cam as well..
 

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woo nice!
hahah might spoil ur image quality but how about tinted windows in ur flat? can't they be used as a ND filter? might protect rain from splashing on ur cam as well..
Aiyoh.. if got rain then won't get this kind of images loh... ;p So the precondition is that there must be lightning and it's not raining yet. ;p Tinted window would not work well.. They are not optical grade glass.
 

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so far my best shot in SG(ok, only done it twice :bsmilie:)
Shot it at night around 9, so no ND used

photoshop adding more blue, originally was kind of violet. :sweat:
 

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How to agak-agak where to get lightning?
You see where got lightning first lah.. then agak agak point there lor.. There should be quite a few repetitions because the cloud is in the region.
 

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so far my best shot in SG(ok, only done it twice :bsmilie:)
Shot it at night around 9, so no ND used

photoshop adding more blue, originally was kind of violet. :sweat:
Your night sky not very bright. 5" at f/8 somemore.. That's one stop more than I could manage.. I was shooting at 11pm and the sky was quite bright...:sweat:
 

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Your night sky not very bright. 5" at f/8 somemore.. That's one stop more than I could manage.. I was shooting at 11pm and the sky was quite bright...:sweat:
doesn't matter as long as one bear to spam burst mode. most lightning looks best around f8-11, any lower it gets too thin or dull for the effect and vice versa. iirc i spammed like 100+ clicks or so for 3-4successful capture, and only 1 of the looks nicer and different to the others
 

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doesn't matter as long as one bear to spam burst mode. most lightning looks best around f8-11, any lower it gets too thin or dull for the effect and vice versa. iirc i spammed like 100+ clicks or so for 3-4successful capture, and only 1 of the looks nicer and different to the others
Same.. I spam less shots.. happen to have one good one in the series of shots which I did just for fun.. ;p

Basically how long your shutter can remain open is determined by the sky condition. The longer you can remain open for a shot, the higher the chance that you will get a lightning event in the shot.
 

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