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Lightning | by IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")
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Awesome lightning bolt strikes.


Shooting TIPS:These photos (4 in this series) were shot on film, so I didn't know what I had until I processed the film. However, I had photographed lightning before, so I already knew the best exposure: f8 for ISO 100. Aim and compose where you saw the last lightning strike, open the shutter ("manual" setting) and leave it open until you get a least one good lightning strike in that area, then close the shutter. NOTE: this system works as long as the sky is black. If there is lingering twilight, approaching dawn, or strong city lights, you'll have a more limited window of time that you can leave the shutter open -- but of course you knew that, right? ;-)


Missing shots: There are about 20 other great photos missing from this series. They are probably in some New York City landfill -- victims of a stock photo agency that went bankrupt. These four images survived because I made 70mm duplicate transparencies before sending the originals off to the agency! This is another reason I love digital: duplicates cost nothing but storage space, and each dupe is as good as the original.


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2012/08/07 8,408v 113f 99c 16g

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Taken on June 11, 2008