My First Lightning Shots

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  1. John L

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    The first shot was taken just a few days after I got my D40. I was really happy with it considering I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing.

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    The next shot was taken about two months later. I messed with the colors a little bit in photoshop.

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    Well how did I do? I am still learning so any comments or criticisms will help.
     
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    they look really cool. That is a shot I want to get someday, hopefully this summer. Cool thanks for posting
     
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    First one is excellent, its like the lightning is coming down directly on top of you!
     
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    Can I Ask How You Shoot Lighting.. You Can Email Me If You Want.. (a113sc@aol.com)
     
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    Nice shots :) We get some great lightening storms here over the bay but as yet I havent tried to take a pic of it
     
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    It really isn't that difficult you just have to have patience. I set the camera to manual and choose an aperture between f8 and f11. It was on bulb. The ISO was set at 200 and raw format. I then pointed the camera at one section of the sky and began shooting. I just hit the shutter and wait and see if lightning strikes. After about 15 seconds i hit the shutter again to close it and try again. Hope that made sense.:lol:
     
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    OK did not grab the manual yet to look it up, but what does on "Bulb" mean. I have a Nikon D40 and love storms. Would like to give this a go. Also what lens are you using? If you dont mind......
     
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    but what do you do if its pouring down rain.. :cheers:
     
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    I jus notcied something.. if you look in the 2nd picture, is that a tornado possibly..
     
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    Those are brilliant, love them! :thumbup:
     
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    I love the first one, the second one isnt sitting with me because of the coloring. Looks kinda fakey. Lightning clouds here are almost purplish.
    But they are amazing shots, i would LOVE to get some lighting shots, great captures!
     
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    Doing a great job with the lightning! Keep it up! I like the first better because you haven't blown out the lightning.
     

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