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Old May 20, 2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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Got woke up, whilst on family hols, at silly o'clock in the morning by a rather large thunder storm. Decided to try my luck at capturing some of the lightning that shouting around the night sky. Little did I know that it would be about four hours of trying. I managed to capture a few bolts, but this is probably the better pic. Must admit I'm quite pleased with it as I've never attempted to photograph lightning before.
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Old May 20, 2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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These are the other "decent" pics I managed to get. I haven't edited them at all, just cropped the original photos for uploading.
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Old May 20, 2011, 11:20 AM   #3
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I love the first photo! It's a beauty! Can you share your camera settings with us?
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Wow, awesome!!!
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Old May 20, 2011, 11:56 AM   #5
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Thanks for your comments both.

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It's taken with FZ35, on a joby gorillapod of all things.

Wish I could say I did something clever with the camera settings, but after trying a few different settings I decided the best results were gained by setting the camera to scene mode, then selecting starry sky and the 15 second shutter speed.

Pointed the camera at the sky and just hit the shutter button when I thought a strike was imminent. Not particularly clever but very pleased with the result.
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Old May 20, 2011, 12:03 PM   #6
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if you want to get more of the photo you always have the option of post processing with a raw file more flexibility will be there and we could even have recovered the shadow details at bottom left
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1st capture is a great shot chimpingpong
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Chimpingpong - it was worth you getting up for - brilliant shots. The 1st one is excellent.
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Thank you all for the comments. I must admit I was really pleased with that shot, made the frustrations of the others and missing other strikes worth while.

Thanks Vivek for the advice and example ... will definately give RAW a go
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Yep right place at the right time.

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