My lightning story (and pic)

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  1. Nagala

    Nagala TPF Noob!

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    So we're sitting there, fairly late one night and finishing up the front page. Everyone's winding down and ready to go home after a final proof when a storm that I had been eyeballing comes rushing in. We already had shots of an antique car show on the square just down the street on the front, but when I saw lightning, I figured I'd at least give it a try. All my other attempts at a decent lightning shot have been bunk. Either good strike with nothing else in the frame or a good foreground and a bad spark.
    So I grabbed the D1x and ran out the door and up the hill with my tripod. Lightning was hitting all around me but I told myself I was either going to get hit by a bolt or a good picture, whichever came first. As soon as I saw this strike, I knew I had it. It turned out it wasn't a moment too soon because it wasn't 5 seconds (and I mean that with all seriousness) that the bottom fell out and quarter-inch hail pounded me as I slid back down the hill and ran back into the newsroom. "I got one," I said.
    Yeah, I'd say I got one. Thanks for reading. Hope you like.

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    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
     
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    My thought exactly.
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good story - happy ending - nice pic!

    What more do ya want?? :D
     
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    Whoa.
     
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    very nice. patience pays off.
     
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    All I can say is LUUUCCKKKYYYY! lol nah well done mate :)
     
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    Sweet. Awesome :)
     
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    1.21 Gigawatts?

    Looks like back to the future to me.
     
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    8) 8) 8)

    Eric
     
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    Incredible!
    I'm so envious...we rarely get any lightning around here.
    So what was the exposure etc. you were using?
     
  12. Nagala

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    Thanks everyone. This one is actually one of my all-time favorites.
    mrsid99: Since I had never used a D1x, I just went aperture priority at f/22, which opened up for 10 seconds. If you need another glimpse at how close I was, this was shot at 105mm, and barely any cropping was done for the final image.
     

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