Your Best Lightning Shot to date...

kctcjo

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Nov 19, 2012
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Jonesboro Arkansas
I was at work last night here in SE Alabama and some nice storms moved north from the Gulf. All I had was a pocket camera in my bag. I set it to infinity, 8 sec on the shutter, and set it on a trash can out on the flight line. Pretty happy with the results.

 

Beth F.

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Apr 6, 2015
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Western NY
This is my very first post here on Stormtrack. Hello all.

This is my very first, and best, lightning photo I got. Right outside my kitchen window with a Polaroid i1236 mounted on a 8 inch mini-tripod with a night mode 10 second exposure combo.

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This is cropped from the original picture I had. I also have this posted in my Flickr and WunderPhotos. Taken on June 30, 2011.
 
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Beth F.

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Apr 6, 2015
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Western NY
Another lightning shot of mine, this one is not as spectacular as the other one I posted earlier.

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July 6, 2013. Storm was in St. Marys, PA at the time. This was meant to be a calibration image for my then-newly-acquired, secondhand Kodak Z712 IS. Took it on manual setting mode and screwed up the ISO, in my opinion.
 
TAMPA BAY SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE. Massive Anvil crawler. All night the lightning was hitting and the road signs adjacent were making zappy noises from the sharp ends. Of course I was on the old bridge over the salt water. This particular Canon 7D had failure afterwards and later came back from the dead (twice now). I'm convinced this lightning turned it into a zombie camera (keeps coming back from the dead). This is not the full res. It is the first ever professional print I order for.
 
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Beth, what settings are you using?

Try the Basic Lightning Recipe:
Manual mode
Tripod
Find a pretty scene, with as little horizon clutter as possible.
Focus at infinity.
ISO 100
F/8 (Adjust according to distance and brightness.)
Adjust shutter speed to match scene brightness. After dark, go with your camera's max, 16 seconds.
Machine-gun away and hope for the best. :)
 

Beth F.

EF0
Apr 6, 2015
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Western NY
Beth, what settings are you using?

Try the Basic Lightning Recipe:
Manual mode
Tripod
Find a pretty scene, with as little horizon clutter as possible.
Focus at infinity.
ISO 100
F/8 (Adjust according to distance and brightness.)
Adjust shutter speed to match scene brightness. After dark, go with your camera's max, 16 seconds.
Machine-gun away and hope for the best. :)
I set my shutter delay to 15 seconds on my Kodak and 10 seconds on my Polaroid. I didn't adjust the ISO on the GE, but turned it up way too high on the Kodak. Manual mode was used on my Kodak, and Night Mode on the Polaroid.

I'm always learning how to use a camera and the settings every time. I have tried the multi-frame shooting technique once, but never really got good results, imo.

Thanks for your question, Greg. :)
 
Notice a few shots from the Nebraska 26th May 2013 storm. I was moving towards the Arcadia storm, but the updraft of the Brewster storm caught my visual attention instead. After it got too dark I found a hilltop just north of Sargant, where to the south the LP was still firing, and to the north the Brewster cell.

The first is a image stack of 3 images

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