Lightning Photography…Please don’t try this at home kids!

I figure that my chances of ever getting to photograph a tornado are probably slim and none.  Any time that I ever bring that up my wife always shoots me a look that worries me about taking pictures in a light mist let alone. :)  So I guess I am taking the next best thing in lightning.

There are a few things that you have to have to get a decent lightning shot.  The first is patience.  I have gone out about three to four times this spring and this is the first time that I have gotten anything worthy of putting on here to call a “lightning shot.”  I am in no way saying that these are great, but in my journey of learning about getting better shots of lightning these are pretty good for me.  I am not sure why I am fascinated with trying to shoot lightning.  I thought for a while that after I got a couple of shots that I would be happy and it would go away.  But that hasn’t happened yet.  🙂

A few things for the gear-heads out there that might want to know…

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My reason for including these first couple of shots is to show you a couple of things.  The first one is to see how dark the sky was without the lighting.  The second is to show you what a lot of your frames are going to look like if you don’t have lightning that is at least once every ten seconds.

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Ok.  Now a couple of things that you want to consider before starting.  The ISO was set to 200.  I shot these between f8 and f16.  The last part was the shutter speed.  I went from 20 seconds all the way up to 30 seconds when the storms were not as strong.

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This was my favorite shot of the night.  I knew as soon as the lightning strike happened that it was going to be really good.

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This was my last shot of the night.  The entire sky lit up and the thunder was right on top of me.  Things were getting a little crazy at that point.  So I packed up and went inside to check out the shots…

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I think I am going to check out this workshop for next year…Storm Chasing Tour.  My guess will be that if I attend this that I will need a good funeral home or divorce lawyer. 🙂

 

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  • DesiMay 18, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    I love the lightning photos! They rock!ReplyCancel