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!


Me.. 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 said...

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