first time lightening, C&C

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  1. farmerj

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    Our first real series of thunderstorms. This was the best of the bunch. Tried using the bulb setting for the first time.

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    very nice
     
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    thanks,

    Looking at it again several hours later, it's a little OOF. Harder to focus at night on manual with nothing to really aim at.
     
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    Really easy actually. Set your lens to infinity and be done with it.
     
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    I had a feeling that you captured more than you thought, so I did a little digging.
    As per your signature, here's what I did: Lowered the exposure, and boosted the contrast/clarity/saturation in the mid area of the shot. I also straightened the horizon a little.

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    My second concern is if you were standing in the middle of a field with a tripod and camera gear during a lightning storm...
     
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    as far as focusing for the lightning, just set the manual focus to infinity and if you shoot around f14 something you will be in focus
     
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    This storm was 35 miles NORTH of where I was at.

    I am also a Skywarn weather watcher as well...;)
     
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    The camera was on Infinity and I did switch the focus to manual.

    I like the idea of the f/14 aperture.


    We are supposed to have T-storms all week.:boogie:
     
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    I went back and re-cropped it.
    Adjusted the Birghtness/contrast different, Adjusted the Shadow/Midtones/highlights. Resized it.
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    Most of the subject is quite far away from the camera; you don't need such a small aperture to get adequate DOF. If anything, at such a small aperture, you are going to lose some sharpness because of diffraction. Setting the manual focus at infinity and f/8 or thereabouts is the way to go IMHO.
     

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