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Taken at Lightning Ridge N.S.W. on the 02.11.07 at 10:12pm This was the same night, and just before I got Club Strike. Again, this definitely was a night to remember though I wish I had ear plugs in at the time!
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AsjJohnson's avatar
this one looks really clear.
I don't have much luck with lightning. :/ I don't have the patience for it, and I haven't seen many storms where I am lately that has enough good lightning to bother. After awhile, I started just using the camcorder setting on my camera, even though it's not good quality.
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Thank you. Yes this was taken using an old Nikon Coolpix 8700 way back in the early days of point and shoot digital cameras. So you really don't need such a good camera for the start. My friend used a tiny $200 Olympus (in 2004-2005) and got some terrific lightning photos.

It definitely requires a lot of patience and practice! We all have good storms and not so good storms to work with. I enjoy just being out in the weather when we get it. If I can get a photo or two then that's just a nice bonus :)

Thanks comment my friend :wave:
FramedByNature's avatar
Sick CG barrage! What were you stopped down to to avoid over-exposure? Looks like they were pretty close, I'm really surprised there isn't a strike going right to the heart of that tower =D
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Hi Evan,
I took this way back when with my old Nikon Coolpix 8700 (now gathering dust in a cupboard).

I recall the EXIF would have been something like a 4 or 8 second exposure, f/2.8, 50ISO. This is usually what I had the Nikon set at all the time. That Nikon had a very dark picture which turned out great for close lightning work! :D

I recall three strikes hitting right in front of me just after this. I caught two and missed one. The best of those few CG that hit would be my Club Strike photo [link]

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Thanks very much Greg!

Your comments are always appreciated my friend :D

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djpuffnstuff's avatar
Not a problem, man. Just keep the good stuff coming. :)
Blights's avatar
Amazing shot! :D
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Hi Blights,

First off welcome to DA! I look forward to seeing your work.

Thanks very much for the comment also!

:wave:
Blights's avatar
Thank you, I really like it here :aww:

You're very welcome :D
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Thank you so much my friend! :wow:

:wave:
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listoman's avatar
That is seriosuly epic. I cant say anything more.
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I wish it had hit one of those towers or poles in shot? One of these day's I'm sure it'll happen. I'll be there when it does... that will be epic! :D

Cheers and thanks for the comment!
Shauno.
listoman's avatar
DOOD! THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!
emmasea's avatar
this is so cool!

the lightning looks like its coming out of nowhere!
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Hi runawaywolf,

Thanks for the kind words! Yeah it was an amazing storm. It was pouring rain at the time and so disguising any form of cloud structure with which to determine a point of reference for the CG bolts.

I was soaking wet while shooting this night but really worth the effort! Took 4hours of chasing/photography to secure the photos from this night! :D
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DrewHopper's avatar
Thats some cracking lightning mate, any technique you use for capturing it? :)
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Thank you kindly drewboy!
Sure the technique is quite challenging at times (let alone trying to avoid being killed by the lightning when it's overhead lol)

What would you like to know? Anything in particular?

Note me if you like, it may be easier :D
DrewHopper's avatar
I've sent a note :)
Phoenix151's avatar
That's an awesome shot. :)
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Thank you Phoenix151!
Much appreciated :D
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