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User currently offlineMikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Got a huge lightning storm going overhead right now (just knocked out my Sky connection for a few minutes!  Sad) and I was wondering if anyone does any storm photography?

Wouldn't mind get some pics if I could, anyone know what sort of settings to get some lightning on a 300D would be? (day & night)

Mike

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

I'm a Skywarn spotter and videotape tornadoes when I get the chance.

Mark


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2607 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

I would try a long exposure with a narrow aperture, i.e. 30 seconds at F8.0. You have to play around with it a little bit and there is obviously some luck involved!

Here are two of my best storm photos:

http://www.fermatawebdesign.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10013/940039-ad477a9eeb35a4f5.jpg

http://www.fermatawebdesign.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10013/lightningmoon.jpg

Shawn


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

No lightning, but these were the closest I was able to get, of a late summer "monsoon" brewing in Anza Borrego state park here in SoCal.

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/SummerStorm1.JPG
http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/SummerStorm2.JPG


User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

I would post you a picture (but don't know how to) which I took at my mum's the other week of some lightning, also a pic I took in Cumbria of a tornado over the fells (which made it to page 2 of their local paper!).

I suggest that first, you wait for a storm, set your camera up on a tripod and use cable release if posssible (I use one with a 20D). Set your exposure for between 5 and 30 secs and point in the general direction of the storm then keep shooting. If the storm's heavy enough, you'll capture some forks.

You can experiment with anything from 5 to 30 secs, depending on other light pollution, just keep shooting one shot after the other for as long as the storm goes on - you'll get there!

Obviously, do this in shelter as you don't want your camera, or worse still, yourself, being frazzled!


User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Quoting Shawn Patrick (Reply 2):

Wow!! Nice photos buddy  thumbsup 

When I compare those to mine, it makes me feel like I need private tuition Big grin



Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1333 times:

I am also Skywarn, but I don't have a good camera. Sometimes I try to take storm photos but they rarely come out well.

One time I actually lost a camera out the window on a highway. SHEEEEEEEET!



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1283 times:

Quoting Mikedlayer (Thread starter):
Got a huge lightning storm going overhead right now (just knocked out my Sky connection for a few minutes! ) and I was wondering if anyone does any storm photography?

Careful... could be the start of War of the Worlds!

Btw, worst film I have ever seen!











Ever.



It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 7):
Btw, worst film I have ever seen!

Don't say that! I am going tomorrow  Sad



Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Hi guys.

Here's a few neat shots of nasty storm clouds. (I didn't take them though.)

I'm going to try to get some lightning photos today because we might get some Thunder Storms around 3 PM here in Toronto once the clouds build up.

I Love how lightning bolts come in different colours too.... such as White Hot, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple (like in Shawn Patrick's first photo above), etc.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/Thud/DarkCloud.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/Thud/DarkCloud3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/Thud/DarkCloud2.jpg

Chris  Smile



"Just a minute while I re-invent myself"
User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
I'm a Skywarn spotter and videotape tornadoes when I get the chance.

I've always thought that would be a fun job. Dangerous, but fun. Those storms are very impressive to me.

--Great pictures Mr. Spaceman...

Has anyone gotten some shots of lightning storms around Tucson? IMO, they have the best lightning storms I've ever seen, complete with dark I'm-gonna-shock-the-hell-out-of-you clouds.



29th, Let's Go!
User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

I took these photos last night:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Weather/DSCF1184.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Weather/DSCF1154.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Weather/DSCF1095.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Weather/DSCF1062.jpg

Done the cheat's way though - those 4 photos are out of over 200 (yes 200) photos that I took consecutively on 5 second exposure across about 2 hours last night! They're the only ones I was lucky enough to catch lightning on!

Click...wait...view...Click...wait...view....but I think the results are worth it for my first try!  Smile

Noel.


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2607 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Noelg,

You've got some gems there! The exposures are very good - not too dark or too light. Well done.

Shawn


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2607 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Here are two more I just found. Wow, I wish I were still this good behind the viewfinder...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/shawnb777/sweet.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/shawnb777/sweet2.jpg

Shawn


User currently offlineSolarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1204 times:

Living in San Diego, we don't get much weather to photograph. So I've only had a limited chance to take some weather pictures.
These are from last summer while on vacation in Las Vegas and Utah. Not the best quality since these are from a 4MP Kodak point 'n shoot  Smile

Severe thunderstorms in San Bernardino County deserts


Who says it never rains in the desert?


Hot Desert storm provides a good show from the hotel parking lot


Rain in the mountains


Lightning storm over Salt Lake valley


Lightning lights up the night


User currently offlineSolarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1197 times:

Speaking of lightning shots, this one has always amazed me!!



That must be so awesome to see a sight like that!


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1191 times:

I've always wondered whenever I see lightning, how far away from you does it hit on average?

User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

Well Its not majorly good but it made the local paper  Smile

http://www.hemelonline.co.uk/ViewArt...x?SectionID=1240&ArticleID=1069282


User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

I dont have any photos on record but I do storm photography. I could of had some cool ass shots last year when Hurricane Jeanne came right over me. I wish I would of had my camera about 3:30 AM that morning when all the powerlines were sparking and blowing up!

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1266 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

A friend and I chase storms whenever they roll through southwestern Ontario. I do take along my camera, but usually I'm driving so I don't have a chance to take any photos, and my friend covers the photography. Here's a rather sinister looking cloud lowering that scared the hell out of us (yes, it was rotating too!):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v499/crazyfoo88/Day%20In%20London/May%20Storms/astorm7.jpg

A346Dude



You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
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