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Old Jul 20, 2009, 1:39 AM   #1
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Well it was 115 today and this evening we had some mild lightening storms. I had received a new tripod earlier in the week and this was just another reason to go try it out again.

Used the 12-24, f13, 35 seconds, ISO 400. I cleaned it up a bit with Noise Ninga in Bibble Pro.
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 2:03 AM   #2
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Wow, great shot, well done capturing this. Wow !
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Cool image...I've always wanted to capture lightnening, but do not have a safe vantage point to do so.
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Incredible shot-thanks for sharing
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Spectacular image of Camel Back.

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Thanks all, the comments are very much appreciated, in that this was somewhat of a shot in the dark. I read a couple of sites on photographing lightening. They suggested ISO400, so that is what I used, however - I think that ISO 100 would have provided better results to some extent, and let me keep the shutter open longer. On the other hand, I did try a lot of other exposure times, and just got a lot of bright light reflections off the clouds, especially since the strikes were every minute to two. With that - really the only mode that worked was the Bulb, along with guessing how many seconds to let the shutter be open....

The new tripod was the star here. The wind came up, and would have blown the old one either over or induced such a vibration that it would have been useless. This one, even in a relatively strong wind was very stable. I had set up on a road with a steep hill. The tripod's legs just adjusted really well (again the old one would not have worked). While the camera was doing its black picture action - I put my hand on it and there was no vibration at all with the wind, so I am very happy. The head - even though it is relatively small, is rated for 3X the weight I have on it and is as stable as a rock, along with being very easy to adjust. I do need to find a head with a better panoramic capability - but I can live with this one for quite some time. I did order a hot shoe cube level so that it would be easier to level out - for $5 it was worth a roll of the dice - as is the case that there is always just one more item to buy.
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Great shot-

I was also delighted to hear that the new tripod worked out so well. Congratulations.

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Cool image...I've always wanted to capture lightnening, but do not have a safe vantage point to do so.
jelpee,
the best way to capture lightening is go on top of the mountain, grab the tripod by the head and extend the legs to full length an hold it as high as you can... before long you'll capture some lightening!


Hey I/O
at 115* I'm surprised you and the camera didn't melt!
I can still remember 47 years ago this month, being in Phoenix when it was 120* I could take it then but, now I'd just shrivel up and blow away. Great shot BTW!
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Very cool shot! I've never managed a lightning picture like this, only partly because I get few opportunities to try it. I'm very impressed by this one.

Doesn't having a good tripod make a huge difference? I've found myself using mine even when I don't really need to, but its often far more convenient than hand-holding.
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