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Old Feb 6, 2011, 6:20 AM   #1
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We saw some great clouds forming today - it was incredibly hot and humid and a storm was brewing. Was determined to find something interesting to put in the frame - found the cow outside the butcher shop and took some bracketed hand-held images.

These have been aligned and processed using picturenaut with Exposure Tone Mapping.

The "Sky Cow" watching the clouds:


A wider shot over the shopping centre:
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Hi Mick,

very impressive shots, seems there is coming some heavy weather ;-)

I am asking myself, if it possible to make some ice and impressive shots of lightnings with the FZ40/45? Maybe you get the chance to make some experiences with lightnings in this coming thunderstorm.

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Old Feb 6, 2011, 6:40 AM   #3
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Thanks Stefan,

I don't know how to capture lightning, except I did manage to capture some a week before Christmas by switching to video mode. Managed to record a lightning strike right outside my office window - this is a frame from it:

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Hi Mick,

looks fantastic, how far was the impact from you? It seems, as was right in front of you. The only point which could be improved is the the lens flare on the left side.

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Love the cloud shots and actually lightning is easier than one may think
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Love the cloud shots and actually lightning is easier than one may think
Hi Wagaboo,

which settings at the FZ40/45 would you propose for shooting lightnings? Do you have some pix, maybe we can start a "cloud and lightning" or "weather" thread? maybe someone has pictures from twisters?

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Thanks wagaboo, I'd love to take some proper lightning shots some time - no idea how.

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It was really close - that's on wide angle, there's only about 10 metres between the buildings and the lightning is between them. The guy at the next desk felt his hair move.

There's lens flare and also a weird green artefact - a straight line down behind the lightning that is more obvious in the video. The whole thing seemed to freak out the camera!
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Fab shots - love the name of the butchers in the first one !!! Your lightning shot is excellent for a first try. Agree with Stefan about the slight flare.
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Wow, scary but awesome lightning shot! Talk about being at the right place at the right time with a camera! Very cool cloud shots too. Hope you weren't impacted too badly by the latest hurricane.
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The first shot is eerily beautiful. If the wires could be post-processed out, I could see this image hanging in a photography art gallery.
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