• Passing through lower cloud layer.

    SHOT above Ottawa Airport
    Ottawa, Canada
  • !!!!!!! THOR !!!!!!!! - Dannn6-k

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With my last lightning upload, many commented on my speed and reaction time. It's a lot easier than that and I hope you can grab a few like this one after reading below.

DSLR
Tripod, Cable/remote shutter release.
turn Auto Focus OFF (manual focus on horizon)
Set camera shutter speed to BULB
ISO 200 to start, adjust if needed.
F/8. to start, adjust if needed.
Take a shot for 15 seconds by holding the shutter release button, and look at the surrounding light in your results. (**You do not want it to bright.**)
Take a shot, nothing happens, no lightning, take another shot.
During the 15 seconds if lightning strikes, you'll have it.

Alternative settings.
Point and shoot cams.
Use the Manual setting and set the shutter speed to 10-15 seconds.
Use the self timer (3sec) to trigger the shot, because keeping the tripod steady is a key factor. (I barely move or breath during shots)
Time is the priority here, so adjustments can be made with Aperture or ISO to darken or lighten the scene.

The reason for a bit of Aperture is to not have the lightning flash burn the image out.
Like fishing for lightning, chill in a lawn chair and grab what you can get.
Enjoy.

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  1. Maru ~ ✿ ~ 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mundo Violeta, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. *ChRiSeDa* 59 months ago | reply

    breathtaking... love the purple sky

  3. Maurizio M. 59 months ago | reply

    Ottimo scatto.

  4. B.I.L.NYC 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A view looking UP!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. Gemini~Girl 58 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!!

  6. whfrank 50 months ago | reply

    wow is all i can say!

  7. sallybea 49 months ago | reply

    Makes one long for a good thunderstorm - action and colour all in one!!!
    Spectacular
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  8. jennymunro 49 months ago | reply

    Super capture.

  9. scb.mypics 41 months ago | reply

    nice one

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  10. msmeridy 36 months ago | reply

    Well done.. and thank you for sharing your experience on capturing lightning strikes.

    If I ever get a chance again, I will try to get a strike like you have done..

    Cheers

  11. jennymunro 34 months ago | reply

    Great capture. I haven't managed that yet.

  12. rasquelfr 34 months ago | reply

    More power to you!
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  13. en tee gee 32 months ago | reply

    This is some amazing lightning shot!

  14. en tee gee 24 months ago | reply

    a most amazing look at lightning in action

  15. mark-marshall 14 months ago | reply

    Cool capture!1

  16. harald_gjerholm 8 months ago | reply

    This what I would Call Direct energy. Super shot.

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