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Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to get pictures of lightning because it seems like it would be one of the hardest things to do. I remember when I was about 10 years old I would run around the back yard with my $12 camera trying to get lightning pictures during a storm on summer afternoons. Needless to say the roll would come out with nothing but grey pictures...

 

Last fall I got a new camera that has a full manual mode (not an SLR though), so I've been waiting for a storm with frequent lightning so I could practice. Tonight we had a good storm come through the area, and I sat out on the balcony for about an hour - took over 150 shots, and came up with 2 or 3 that might be halfway decent. So I wanted to see if anyone else out there has any experience or advice, since I'm definitely going to try this more often.

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some cloud to cloud action after the storm. I wish I could have gotten more like this, but this was the only one that came out.

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This is probably my favorite from tonight. The car in the foreground with double bolts in the background

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not quite where I wanted it, but the exposure came out decent on this one

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some cloud to ground

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sky gets darker

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the storm approaching

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well yesterday evening holland would be heaven for ya according to our national wheater institute there where 500 lightnings within 5 minutes, within a range of 50 by 50 KM

 

Once I've seen (on youtube I believe) in Canada, during one night there where more of a thousand impacts (and maybe more but I don't really remember...). It's completely insane! The Apocalypse

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Great shots!

 

So do you just set the camera on a slower shutter speed and hope you get a decent shot? Or is there a different more effective way?

 

I was at the Oriole's game last night and there was lightning everywhere! Would've made for some cool shots if I had a decent camera.

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Awesome pictures! You just made me wanting it to be a thunder storm over here, even though I hate them. =P And what camera do you use? I'm pretty sure it's a system/digital system camera, am I right? I'd love to try and take those kind of pictures.

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Great shots!

 

So do you just set the camera on a slower shutter speed and hope you get a decent shot? Or is there a different more effective way?

 

I was at the Oriole's game last night and there was lightning everywhere! Would've made for some cool shots if I had a decent camera.

 

I tried different things with the shutter speed. First I was setting it at about 7-10 seconds, which didn't really work. The aperture won't go high enough on my camera to just let it sit there. The sky just comes out white when I did that. A couple of the last shots, I used a 1/2 second shutter speed, and had my finger ready whenever I saw a flash in the sky, and I was lucky enough to catch a few.

 

The storm was a really good one with flashes almost every second for a decent amount of time. That's not too uncommon around here in the summer, so hopefully we'll get another storm like that soon.

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Great pictures! I've really gotta get some pics of thunderstorms...

 

But I live in southern California...so...yeah...I don't get much over here. But when I go to New York this summer, I'll have to take some pictures!

 

Thanks for the inspirations, and pictures!

 

-Mike

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