another Lightning strike for cc

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  1. Silverdreamer3

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    I took this while on a trip to Italy this summer. I used the bulb setting open for 2 seconds F4 ISO 320. It was one of my first shots and I had played with the different settings. I forgot to change the ISO though, oops. I normally only shoot horse shows so this is all new to me. Also the 70-200 lens is not the easiest lightning lens haha. It was also hand held as my tripod was left at home.
    Tell me what you think, it is a different strike from what I normally see.
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    I love this shot from the other side of the house when the storm was rolling in
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    this is the problem I had with most of the shots using this lens, also the neighbors house was in the way
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    thank you
     
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    You need to be up on the roof of the house that's in the way. :) Although that might not be the safest thing to do during a thunderstorm.
     
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    lol, I would have loved to have been on the roof as the lightning was far enough away but I don't think the neighbors would appreciate me climbing up on their 3 story high steep tile roof. I stayed up til 2 something in the morning waiting for the storm to pass over and get far enough away to get the picture.
     
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    How do you catch lightning? A long iso then sit back and wait?
     
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    A long iso? you mean a long shutter speed? and yes I believe the trick is a small F/stop like F22 and then a 30 second shutter speed
     
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    Not necessarily. I got some decent lightning shots with an f/shot of f/3.5 and shutter speed of 3 seconds and 100 ISO. As the OP said, he shot his with a 2 second shutter speed, f/4 and 320 ISO, handheld too.
     
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    Well there is no such thing as a long ISO lol its a long shutter speed :)

    and depending on lighting conditions outside and time of day and stuff, yes I agree 100% that you dont NEED a small F/stop however I was only trying to give a general example. Long shutter speed and a smaller F/stop will get the job done. I use the longest shutter I can so I dont miss! haha Its hard to miss with a 30 second shutter vs. a 2 second one
     
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    True, but if you're like me then you hit the shutter release button as soon as the 2 or 3 seconds is up :lol:
     
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    Ok thanks I will give that a try next time we have a storm.

    Sorry, i did mean shutter speed but was thinking about ISO at the same time :s
     
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    It's a question of capturing the lightning. I'm finding that a small aperture, long shutter, low ISO works best. This is because the lightning acts like your flash. Leave the aperature open too far you end up with a lot of ambient light. And the brightness of lightning means you don't need much of an aperture to catch the light.

    EDIT: These are all captured with 30 sec exposures. I'm going to try with F/22 next time.
     
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    Next time we have a thunderstorm (and I'm actually awake) I'm going to grab my 35mm and have a go at f/22 myself.
     
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    Thinking about it further, I think it would be best to be between f/8 and f/16 so you don't have to worry about defraction. Plus many lenses are sharpest around f/8.
     

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