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06/11/2009 03:07:07 PM · #1
I had all these great pics from a visit to Kiev, but just before the May free study we had a huge thunderstorm with 15.000 flashes in one night. And I had two empty batteries. But by leaning my old half malfunctioning camera on the windowpost and let it do 30s shots I managed to capture a few flashes....

This one I did not use in the challenge but it is the most interesting. I just did not know where to go with the editing so I did not use it. Do you see the dragon? Once in a liftetime. Dragons exist!

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Some more:

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This was a little bit closer, it was very, very intense. Looked like a normal flash but it completely blew out the highlights.

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I just love thunderstorms.

06/11/2009 03:11:07 PM · #2
Those are cool! I didn't see the dragon straight off, but once I did, it was so obvious!
06/11/2009 03:16:15 PM · #3
Wow, those are nice shots. You're right, the dragon shot is a once in a lifetime shot.
06/11/2009 03:19:45 PM · #4
Way cool. I definitely see the dragons.
06/11/2009 05:18:30 PM · #5
I've seen them too, though not spitting lightning. Great shots!
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06/11/2009 09:01:08 PM · #6
You would love Colorado then. We have had about 3 storms a day for the last 3 weeks. It has been crazy. Hail, Tornadoes, Thunder Storms non stop.
06/11/2009 09:03:50 PM · #7
Now that is a shot in a million, amazing, well done
06/11/2009 09:31:52 PM · #8
That is an amazing shot, wow.

Eta my edit of the dragon, hope you don't mind! ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/85000-89999/87252/120/798461.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/85000-89999/87252/120/798461.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Message edited by author 2009-06-11 21:51:01.
06/11/2009 09:44:23 PM · #9
Really nice lightning shots Sander! Love the dragon... it jumps right out at you.
06/11/2009 10:04:16 PM · #10
I can't find it! It's like a bad joke..

"Hey guys..see the dragon? oh ya there it is...wow it jumps right out at you.. check it out! that's soo cool, haha made u look!"

06/12/2009 12:53:14 AM · #11
Originally posted by Intelli:

I can't find it! It's like a bad joke..

"Hey guys..see the dragon? oh ya there it is...wow it jumps right out at you.. check it out! that's soo cool, haha made u look!"


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I should probably add that it's a really sweet photo (it really is).

Message edited by author 2009-06-12 00:54:10.
06/12/2009 01:27:16 AM · #12
Becky was passing the office door so I asked her what she saw. From across the room she said, "Lightning. And a kinda Chinese-type dragon." All without a diagram ;)

Cool shots. I love electrical storms and we don't get 'em here. At least not good ones :(
06/12/2009 03:53:14 AM · #13
Wow, great shots, The dragon is really cool!

How do you time it properly to get lightning shots? I have tried during one of our rare storms & just cannot get it right! Although I havent tried since I have has my slr, I was using a point n shoot Sony last time I tried
06/12/2009 04:32:49 AM · #14
Originally posted by Starbanana:

Wow, great shots, The dragon is really cool!

How do you time it properly to get lightning shots? I have tried during one of our rare storms & just cannot get it right! Although I havent tried since I have has my slr, I was using a point n shoot Sony last time I tried


Good position and luck. You'll either utilize bulb or a set exposure speed that is longer, using manual. Open shutter, wait, when lightning strikes, close shutter. You may want to just use the manual mode and a set shutter though if you want a certain amount of ambient lighting, not just silhouettes and variety in how much the scene is lit. The actual exposure and aperture will vary based on proximity and intensity of lightning though, otherwise your strikes will be totally muddled explosions of light (if your aperture is too low when the lightning is too close). The basic premise follows how you use flash for lighting. Shutter controls ambient, aperture controls intensity of lighting (flash, or in this case, lightning).
ETA: it probably goes without saying, but TRIPOD with remote release!

Message edited by author 2009-06-12 04:44:26.
06/12/2009 06:26:11 AM · #15
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

Good position and luck. You'll either utilize bulb or a set exposure speed that is longer, using manual. Open shutter, wait, when lightning strikes, close shutter. You may want to just use the manual mode and a set shutter though if you want a certain amount of ambient lighting, not just silhouettes and variety in how much the scene is lit. The actual exposure and aperture will vary based on proximity and intensity of lightning though, otherwise your strikes will be totally muddled explosions of light (if your aperture is too low when the lightning is too close). The basic premise follows how you use flash for lighting. Shutter controls ambient, aperture controls intensity of lighting (flash, or in this case, lightning).
ETA: it probably goes without saying, but TRIPOD with remote release!


Thanks for that. Makes perfect sense now someone has explained it, my brain just didnt get there by itself. Hopefully we will have some storms this year : )
06/12/2009 06:28:07 AM · #16
I've had some sweet storms near me, but always when I'm sleeping or on the way to work (I work nights). Multiple tornado warnings and funnel clouds, but never at the right time :(
06/12/2009 09:37:26 AM · #17
I saw the dragon right away -- though I saw your caption first, so... I was already primed. Sweet lightning catch!
06/12/2009 01:22:36 PM · #18
Thanks all :)
06/12/2009 01:26:03 PM · #19
Originally posted by Starbanana:

How do you time it properly to get lightning shots?


I just pointed it towards the lighting, set the camera to manual focus (focussed far away, manual exposure (30s max, bulb did not work for some reason, probably the battery running low, stopped it down a bit) and pushed the button every 30s (no delay, the first second it is not recording much anyway).
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