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p.1 #1 · Lightning Strike


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Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far and several records were broken. Luckily for me it was a great day for storm clouds. There was a lot of lightning out that night and I took advantage of it. When I got to this tree it was still raining. I waited for an opening in the sky reach me and then I started shooting. The storm was moving from my left to right and away. It moved out slowly and gave me a show for some time. You can't tell but right above me was an opening in the sky. I was a safe distance from the lightning. It really was the "perfect storm". This was taken just around sunset.

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May 26, 2014 at 08:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · Lightning Strike


Great capture!
What are your basic measures to keep from being directly above one of those strikes?

David



May 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM
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p.1 #3 · Lightning Strike


That's a very beautiful lightning. But wait a minute, just recently there was ice and snow, and now you already have thunderstorms?

Sasha.



May 27, 2014 at 12:48 AM
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p.1 #4 · Lightning Strike


Wow very nice.


May 27, 2014 at 01:05 AM
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p.1 #5 · Lightning Strike


Wow Awesome shot.


May 27, 2014 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #6 · Lightning Strike


dgdg wrote:
Great capture!
What are your basic measures to keep from being directly above one of those strikes?

David

Yes, standing in an open field near the only tree seems a bit hazardous! Very nice shot though.

From the exif, it would seem you use an ND filter for the long exposure? How do you know when to start a shot? Just at random and hope to capture the lightning?



May 27, 2014 at 02:49 AM
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p.1 #7 · Lightning Strike


Scott -that's crazy good - I love it! (and I'm totally jealous too)


May 27, 2014 at 03:10 AM
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p.1 #8 · Lightning Strike


that is a great capture. What triggering device did you use?


May 27, 2014 at 04:41 AM
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p.1 #9 · Lightning Strike


Great photo - but not worth dying for


May 27, 2014 at 05:38 AM
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p.1 #10 · Lightning Strike


Beautiful capture Scott!
Pretty rare for lightning shot, with lit FG and balanced composition...
Well done!

If it was mine, i would consider tweaking the tree's brightness, it looks dark on the top (ND Grads fault :-))

Andrey



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p.1 #11 · Lightning Strike


Great shot Scott!
I like the purple ozone look about it!

Last summer after a pretty severe lightning storm I was up in the mountains and found one tree, just the one burning up in full flames.... Guess he was the chosen one..




May 27, 2014 at 03:30 PM
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p.1 #12 · Lightning Strike


Great lightning shot. I am also curious if you used a triggering device.

Chuck



May 27, 2014 at 04:04 PM
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p.1 #13 · Lightning Strike


Perfect shot. The composition is flawless and the colors are great. I really like this one.


May 27, 2014 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #14 · Lightning Strike


Voted!

Crazy shot Scott. I like #1 better than #2. I feel the tripod needs some sharpness and it's taking up too much attention, maybe clone it out ^____^


Jason



May 27, 2014 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #15 · Lightning Strike


Terrific image Scott. You processed it very nicely. The tree is a little dark but I like as a silhouette.
Your behind the scene shot looks a bit grainy.
Fred



May 28, 2014 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #16 · Lightning Strike


Hey Scott,

Very cool shot here. That is some sweet lightning. While the tree is cool, did you get any shots without the tree? That lightning with those clouds are cool just by themselves.

Jim



May 28, 2014 at 12:11 AM
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p.1 #17 · Lightning Strike


Thank you all very much for your comments/feedback/questions.

alatoo60 wrote:
That's a very beautiful lightning. But wait a minute, just recently there was ice and snow, and now you already have thunderstorms?

Sasha.


Thank you Sasha. You're right. 2 weeks ago you could still find snow here an there and on the lakes. Now, it is all gone. You know you live in Manitoba when you have the furnace and air-conditioner on in the same day!


NCAndy wrote:
Yes, standing in an open field near the only tree seems a bit hazardous! Very nice shot though.

From the exif, it would seem you use an ND filter for the long exposure? How do you know when to start a shot? Just at random and hope to capture the lightning?


Thank you Andy! I've updated my OP with more details behind the photo. I was in a safe spot and wouldn't never risk my life for a photo. I used GND to help balance the sky and ground exposure. Though there was an opening above me it was very dark. Even at ISO200 and f5.6 I could still get 6 second exposures. The lightning was so frequent almost every time I clicked the shutter button I was capturing a strike.

caralan9 wrote:
Great photo - but not worth dying for

Thank you. I was actually safe. I updated my OP. :P

Chuck Eklund wrote:
Great lightning shot. I am also curious if you used a triggering device.

Chuck


Thank you Chuck. I do not have a triggering device. Fast shutters speeds would not have been an option unless I cranked up the ISO to unusable settings so I relied on long exposures.

JimFox wrote:
Hey Scott,

Very cool shot here. That is some sweet lightning. While the tree is cool, did you get any shots without the tree? That lightning with those clouds are cool just by themselves.

Jim


Thanks Jim. I did not. My focus was getting a stirke shot with this tree. The landscape itself wasn't anything special. I tried getting a storm photo of this tree last year and didn't get what I wanted.


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May 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM
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dgdg wrote:
Great capture!
What are your basic measures to keep from being directly above one of those strikes?

David


He used an aluminum lightning rod <grin>.



May 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM
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p.1 #19 · Lightning Strike


I like this one. The tree on the left I think adds an element of interest. I think a shot w/o the tree and just the tree line would not feel complete


May 28, 2014 at 03:20 AM
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p.1 #20 · Lightning Strike


Wonderful shot, Scott. The tree adds a nice depth here. Great work.

JBR



May 28, 2014 at 04:06 AM
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