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  1. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Crappy quality, but a good burst of electricity. I think this was about a 4s exposure, and since I didn't have it in "Night Scene" mode, it is noisy & has hot pixels. Oh well. (Olympus C-750)

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    Anyhow, you were luckier with this one than I have ever been!
    I have NEVER in all my life managed to get a photo of lightning myself!
    Therefore: congratulations! :D
     
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    those flashes of lighning give a funny pattern :)

    i am sure this image could be tinkred with in postprocessing to improve it great deal in terms of noise and hot pixels.
     
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    my (very quick and dirty) approach to it:

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    That storm hangs over my house all the time, I think my wife brings it.
     
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    LOL
     
  7. Jeremy Z

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    1) Having a storm and either having your camera protected, or when the lightning starts before the rain.

    2) A lot of shooting! This was one shot out of probably 80. There were a couple others with lightning in them, but not enough to make the pic worthwhile. I just set focus to infinity, point it skyward, set 2 stops of underexposure, and did one bulb shot after another.

    Anyhow, there was no luck involved. I stood out there firing one bulb shot after another at a small aperture. Set focus to infinity, high resolution, and point the camera in the area where the lightning seems to be most frequent. When I saw a good flash, I released the shutter. Eventually, I have to get something, right? This was one shot out of about 80.

    Alex: Thanks much for the editing. How did you do it?
     
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    Alex, would you please do one more for me?

    This one doesn't have as much lightning, but I like the surreal look of the tree branches' movement. I guess I should break down and buy an Adobe product soon...

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    what is the idea of setting 2 stops of underexposure when you use bulb exposure and a given aperture anyway?

    used neatimage against the noise with some emphasis on the daqrker parts of the clouds (this could be improved, this was just a quick and dirty try)

    then i just gave the PS clone tool a chance and clicked on the spots like a devil ;) took me a bout a minute to remove them. again, not perfectly done ;)
     
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    You're right, I could not have set underexposure, since it had to be in manual mode... :blushing:
     

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