posted on May, 17 2013 @ 08:21 AM
reply to post by ratcals
From experience i know it's not easy to get great lightning shots.
What were the camera settings if i may ask?
You managed to get some good results, a good thing is that you kept the camera on the same spot, hoping a strike would end up in the field of view.
That's the best you can do when you are on a place with 'limited' view or horizon.
If you are in a wide open place it's easier to get some great lightning shots as you can better predict the direction the storm is going.
There are some different techniques to capture lightning, much depending on the time of day or night.
During the day it's more difficult because you won't be able to take very long exposures. During the day you can use an ND filter to exposure up to
10seconds. The longer the exposure the more luck to capture one.
During the night it's easier, predict the direction of the storm, set the camera to a 5 minutes exposure and watch the show.
A lot of practice and some luck can get you great lightning shots.
I added 2 shots of mine.
The first one is from last year, an amazing lightning show, 3 nights in a row, heavy lighting without rain.
It's a 4 minutes exposure, you can see different strikes in the same picture. That's the nice thing with long exposure. Multiple strikes in one
The second is a 30seconds exposure. Taken at the beach while a storm was passing by at sea. The nice thing (for me) was the boat(lights you see). A
lot of strikes were hitting the boat, so i just had to aim the camera at that spot.
I could show you many more lightning shots but these are the only ones i have on this computer.