Taking Lightning Shots

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  1. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    Okay, I have been trying to get a good lightning shot but have taken a ton of pictures of regular night sky.

    I am using a Kodak DX6490 so the longest I can leave the shutter open is for 16 seconds. The smallest aperature that I have is an f8.

    Besides sitting in the same spot for hours on the occasion that a storm will come at night, what else can I do? I have read somewhere that you can get an ND filter and it will allow you to leave the shutter open in the daytime but I don't want to get something else without knowing what good it will do for me.
     
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    You're on the same track I used for these:

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    This was my first attempt at lightning photography. Granted, they're not the best shots, and granted this wasn't a massive electrical storm, but these were running with (if I remember right) 15 sec shutters. I took 140+ shots, and these were the only two that caught lightning strikes. I've got a shutter trigger lock on my remote release, so I just set the tripod up, locked the shutter release down (so it would just continue taking those 15 sec exposures) and let it run for 25 min or so.
     
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    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    Have you ever used ND filters for daytime shots??
     
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    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    I know I can't stand up to Shark's quality but I took your advice about leaving the shutter button pressed for about half an hour. I took over a hundred shots and ended up with five. I thought this one was the best.

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    Those are really nice :lol:
     
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    That's a sweet shot, hobbesy. I think it's somehow much more powerful when the lightning is just creasing the entire sky and not going to ground. That's awesome! :D

    And no, never tried an ND filter... I haven't learned too much about filters yet, beyond the basic polarizer and whatnot.
     
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    Coming from you, I'll take that as a huge compliment. I was on your site a while back and just have to say that you take some awesome pictures.

    As for the filters, I think I'll just buy some and try them. They only run a few bucks each.
     

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