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Old Apr 9, 2009, 11:06 PM   #1
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A line of severe thunderstorms moved across Arkansas tonight. Fortunately, we were spared the tornadoes that hit a couple of towns very hard. Hail eventually chased me off my porch, but not before I got a couple of decent lightning photos.





All shots taken with the K20 and the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8.

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Old Apr 10, 2009, 7:53 AM   #2
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You are a brave soul Paul! I was at a church picnic many years ago when a 12 year old kid was struck by lightning and subsequently sucummbed to his injuries. Ever since then I stay safe from lightning as best I can....I digress though. Great pictures...how did you time the shots...i.e. did you keep the shutter open in the general direction of the storm?
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Not sure I'd want to be outside when you would be able to get that many lightning pictures, even on a porch. But the pictures are cool! The last thunderstorm I was home for was one that didn't last more than about an hour. But the sky went so dark, the rain was so hard that the windows were coated with layers of water, not raindrops. There was no way to get any pictures during the storm, but I got some very good pictures of the helicopters dropping water and the smokefrom the fire that the lightning started not that far from us...
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jelpee wrote:
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You are a brave soul Paul! I was at a church picnic many years ago when a 12 year old kid was struck by lightning and subsequently sucummbed to his injuries. Ever since then I stay safe from lightning as best I can....I digress though. Great pictures...how did you time the shots...i.e. did you keep the shutter open in the general direction of the storm?
The shots are not as close as they may seem. Had it looked like anything was getting closer than the tree line shown in the photos, I would have not been out there. I would definitely not walk out in an open area where I might be an attractive lightning rod.

I experimented with a couple of different setting combinations, but I think all three of these were on Av mode. I just pointed the camera in the general direction of an open area of sky with the 18-50 wide open at f/2.8 and a manual focus at infinity, then would hold down my finger on the shutter in high speed shutter mode for 20 or so shots at a time...then just hope I get lucky. That means I wound up with several hundred black sky shots that I had to eliminate from my cards.

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