Monday, August 9, 2010

My first attempt at photographing lightning

My first attempt at photographing lightning

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Taken in Denver, CO.

Camera: Nikon D700
Exposure: 4 seconds
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 24 mm (Tokina 12-24mm f/4)
ISO Speed: 200

I don't know why I haven't tried this before, to start with it was actually pretty easy to dial in exposure settings. There was quite a bit of ambient city light (orange sodium vapor streetlights) so I ended up keeping the shutter/aperture low enough to knock down the ambient yet just long enough to catch some full bolts of lightning.

Once exposure was set, I locked in the view I wanted with my wide angle zoom, locked the tripod down and took sequences of 4-second-long shots and crossed my fingers that I caught lightning.

Have you captured lightning on film? Share your links (and tips) in the comments!


Violet Hour said...

You're very lucky to see such an amazing sight and congratulations on a brilliant photo. As soon as we have lightening here in the UK, I'll grab my camera and be out there.

Berit's fotoblogg. said...

This was an amazing picture:)
Greetings from Norway:)