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| p.1 #1 · Lightning in Red Rock Canyon |
These are from last Monday in Red Rock Canyon on the edge of Las Vegas. There was a big storm front coming in, that in fact caused lot's of flooding on Tuesday. But here on Monday, it was just cool stormy clouds and lightning.
I don't have a Lightning Trigger, as it's very rare that I do see lightning. Not much of it happening in California. The lightning though was going off pretty regular in the same area in the sky so I set my composition with that in mind, and then with the Remote Release, I just locked it in to start taking continous shots. I missed some strikes but I did manage to capture a few out of the several hundred frames I rattled out. A very nice feature of shooting digital.
Now, I put a polarizer on, and then adjusted my exposure to be between 2 seconds and some as fast as a 1/2 second. Both of these are the 2 second exposures. Not really ever having a chance to shoot lightning before I was guessing a bit that a longer shutter speed would allow me the time to capture a whole lightning strike. It looks like that worked. I was also at f13, and then I just adjusted my ISO to make the exposure correct and shot it in manual so that the brightness of the lightning strike would not throw off the exposure if in an Aperature or Shutter priority mode.
I have 2 different shots, and 2 crops of those shots. All comments are welcome.