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Old 27 July 2006, 06:52   #11
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Wow, they are amazing pictures!

What cameras are you guys using?

I tried taking some pictures last night with my Canon 350D but they all came out too bright. I tried different modes on the camera, but I have no idea what settings I should use

I need to get around to learning more about the camera and what settings should be used and when, but I just bought a new house, and that clubbed with the lovely weather we've been having in the south I haven't "had time" (been lazy) to read up on it
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Old 27 July 2006, 07:48   #12
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those were taken on a Nikon D100 (by mike not me!). He was rolling off 2-3 second exposures at iso 400 and probably about f8 or something. Lightning is tricky though. If you get one a bit further away it might come out a bit dark, but if you get one real close like pic no. 2, it'll burn out too much.
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those were taken on a Nikon D100 (by mike not me!). He was rolling off 2-3 second exposures at iso 400 and probably about f8 or something. Lightning is tricky though. If you get one a bit further away it might come out a bit dark, but if you get one real close like pic no. 2, it'll burn out too much.
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Is it just a reflex action/luck of the draw that he got such good pics, or did he just keep clicking away then dump a whole load of pics of the night? I spent a long time waiting then got a bolt of lightning then by the time I had pressed the button to take the pic the bolt of lightning had almost gone.
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Great photos.

A great way of capturing lightning is to set the camera up on a tripod - use a pretty wide aperture and set a long shutter speed - say 10 - 30 secs. Or use the B setting and a cable release. this locks the shutter open for as long as you want. Use a slow film or ISO setting on a digi camera - say 50 or 100.
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Jeez
If i were standing on a steel pier holding a carbon fishing rod and i saw lightening like that i would have dived over the edge!!!
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If i were standing on a steel pier holding a carbon fishing rod and i saw lightening like that i would have dived over the edge!!!
yarmouth is the only all wooden pier left in the uk

Its impossible to capture lightning by reflex...just take loads one after the other again and again and you will get some eventually! Too long a shutter speed will result in a blown out image as the lightning will just overwealm it.
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Its impossible to capture lightning by reflex...just take loads one after the other again and again and you will get some eventually! Too long a shutter speed will result in a blown out image as the lightning will just overwealm it.
The lightning won't overwhelm it. I have taken hundreds of photos with the shutter held open for up to 40 secs. It is also a great trick for fireworks and is essential for astrophotography. It is also great for cave photos. You just locl the shutter open and fire the flash by hand all over the place!!!

http://www.lightningphotography.com/tips.html
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The lightning won't overwhelm it.
Look what happened to photo number two...
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....I have taken hundreds of photos with the shutter held open for up to 40 secs.
Of what Nightvision goggles and long, night time exposures What are you up to
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Look what happened to photo number two...
That is the problem with ccds I suppose - also I did say ISO 50 - not 400.
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