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Old Jun 17, 2004, 7:52 AM   #1
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It was a dark and stormy night!

Well, here is something that I would never have even attempted with any film camera I have owned (several) – for a variety of reasons.

I wanted to try to capture photographs of lightning.

The conditions were OK for my first attempt last night. A storm with frequent lightning passing fairly close and across my field of view, but not close enough to need to worry about a sudden deluge soaking my camera (FZ10).

I did not really have a plan, but here is what I developed as I worked:

Point camera (P Mode) at area where lightening has been and is expected and depress shutter half way. (Camera "beeps" it's annoyance. As if to say: You want me to take a picture of what, exactly????) Wait for the beginning of a series of lightning – and then press and hold the shutter – until burst mode is exhausted. Repeat. And hope.

I took over 100 shots. 6 showed lightning – and 2 came out pretty well. (I think that's actually pretty good!)

In a Forum search, I found only a couple of attempts. So – anyone else tried this? Have a better procedure?


I took the photos from my patio in Duluth, GA - last night as the storm passed to my south – across the Stone Mountain area. They were taken between 11:00 and 11:20 last night.





- Ray

Looking forward to trying again, soon . . .
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 1:43 PM   #2
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Very nice shots, especially for a first attempt. What shutter speed did you use? I'm hoping to get some lightning shots at my cottage this summer.
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 1:45 PM   #3
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there you go

they are nice! that first one looks like the time i'd unglue my finger from the shutter and run inside.....lol

gj..love the color
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 2:07 PM   #4
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EXIF data shows:

1/4 second

F 2.8

ISO 200

for both.

Again - it was in full auto.

Next time I will try some other ideas.

- Ray

Learning - slowly . . . .

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Old Jun 17, 2004, 3:15 PM   #5
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fantastic shots!

I assume the focus never locked on, right? I can't imagine how you'd focusin that light.

Again, I love the pics!

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