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Post Options Post Options   Quote FX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2007 at 09:32
Thanks brettania. BTW you don't have to use all my initials the first two are my first name which is what most people call me.
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That lightning shot is really typical of tropical areas where the humidity is really high making the storms drag almost along the ground. It can make conditions difficult compared to the temperate regions and sub tropics but you did a good job. By the way I can testify that the lightning trigger is a great little product for those wanting to catch daytime and evening lightning. It picks up the electrical discharge of the lightning and fired the camera. So for those interested in photographing storms it's a must have.

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Well guys and girls the storms are back with a vengeance. It won't be long before every night we'll see a decent storm or a few flashes. I'll be trying a few different techniques to capture lightning over the next few months and I'm looking forward to trying it with the A700. Here's a teaser from this evenings chase to Adelaide River about 70kms south of Darwin.



I'm sure that there are some Dyxum people from the Brisbane area that witnessed the storm outbreak. Do any of you have photos to share?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cekari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2007 at 16:07
Some real nice ones in here...

My 1st attempt at lightnings from june as there aren't many around here and and when there are I'm mostly at work :)

From my kitchen window.

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and a crop from above...


There was some realy nice ones seemingly going towards me but far above that looked like pulsating red fire balls but for some strange reason they didn't got registred??? To bad, was so beatiful :(

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Could be that the fire balls are in the wrong light spectrum to register with a dSLR.

Even though they are the same shot, I like the second one for its lightning and the first for its setting.

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Assorted lightning....
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Two shot lightning pano.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote RosieA100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2007 at 08:28
I am so jealous of you lot and your lightning I can't wait to go somewhere and catch some decent stuff!! We are thinking of adding on to our not-yet-even-started holiday house with a room specifically for looking from the horizon to the heavens above, not a proper observatory as we won't be there all the time and don't want expensive gear just hanging around BUT the idea is there and even better - HE thought of it, without any hints from me ;P
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Casper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2007 at 09:38
Just found this for you, Might help.

Let me know if you want one knocked up.

Also includes a lot of useful links.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob Myers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2007 at 23:39
Casper...

I built the Lightning trigger in the link... works pretty good !!
However the breadboard and the temporary housing are in needs of an upgrade !!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Casper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 October 2007 at 02:46
How long ago did you make it?

Did you have any trouble finding parts?

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My friend has one of those lightning triggers made in the USA. The little black box with red on it. It's a pretty awesome tool. I have to rely of dimmed light for longer exposures or in bright light I have to be lucky. If you could work out how to make your own version of the lightning trigger I know for certain that I'd buy one and I know a number of other users would to probably even on Dyxum. I know a little about circuitry but not enough to build one of those from scratch. You could change the name of it and the colour of the box so that it's not the same as the USA one. If you are really serious about putting one together then let me know how much and I'll give it a good flogging up here during our storms. Maybe you could workout a way to allow the lightning trigger to be connected to two cameras. I have a tripod mount that accepts to cameras on it and I was thinking that with two cameras pointed at the storm you'd never miss. Once again today looks stormy here in Darwin so we should see something this afternoon. Let me know if you're serious about building a trigger.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob Myers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2007 at 17:52
Frank
Originally posted by Casper Casper wrote:

How long ago did you make it?

Did you have any trouble finding parts?

Frank


I used a breadboard and it really didnt take long at all.

The parts are readly available and pretty cheap as they are old technology.
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