Lightning!

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    Shot these after some storms passed by, most of the lightning was contained in the low clouds, a few of them managed to get through







    captured this cloud to ground, would hate to be on the end of that bolt.

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    amazing colors nice shots

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    Rick well done on these, something I have yet to capture properly

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    Thanks very much guys

    yorkshireman, its pretty easy once you get the hang of it, I am a storm chaser by hobby, and what I have learned is you get the best lightning after the storm has passed, and then that way, you dont have to worry about it starting to rain while you are snapping and getting your gear wet.
    A tripod as i'm sure you already know is key, and a wireless remote helps a lot, but can be done using the shutter release on the camera, What I do is set the lens into manual mode and put it on infinity, put the ISO at 200 or 100, f-stop at about 7-8, and do an exposure of 5-10 seconds, depending on the situation and how frequent the lightning is, if its frequent, you would want to go with a faster shutter around 5 seconds, then you have more photos of it, if its not as often. a longer shutter then you have a better chance to capture a bolt with them being few and far between. I hope these tips help you, Good luck!
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    Rick well done on these, something I have yet to capture properly
    Ditto..
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    try bulb till it strikes then stop...
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    What about a lightning trigger? does someone of you tryed one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    try bulb till it strikes then stop...
    That is a good route if the lightning is frequent, If not, you run the risk of once the lightning bolt strikes, the photo being over exposed from the shutter being open for so long
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