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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob Myers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2007 at 18:04
Originally posted by Timbuctoo Timbuctoo wrote:

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.

Tim H    


I was curious how two cameras photographing the same scene with one trigger would be an advantage ????
I can see if you are using the tried and true time exposure it could help. I use sequential shooting most of the time and I use short .. 3 seconds or less because of noise especially when it is 100 degrees F !! I find that when the camera is finished with the exposure and is resetting is when at that very instant when the shutter is closed is when the best bolt appears or so it seems !!!! is that your thinking of having two cameras ????
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2007 at 23:40
That's one advantage, but depending on your vantage point and lenses available, you can cover more territory with two pointing in different directions.

Edited by stiuskr - 15 October 2007 at 23:41
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Timbuctoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 October 2007 at 00:34
That's would I'm looking at. We get so much ligtning up here from all directions and having 2 cameras set up so the frame slightly overlaps with 24mm lenses on APS-C gives a nice wide coverage.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob Myers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 October 2007 at 06:40
Originally posted by Timbuctoo Timbuctoo wrote:

That's would I'm looking at. We get so much ligtning up here from all directions and having 2 cameras set up so the frame slightly overlaps with 24mm lenses on APS-C gives a nice wide coverage.


Well I dont know why it wouldnt work. I have found if I have lightning on both sides of me I had better be heading for cover in a hurry
I am trying to get a spherical fisheye so I can get 180 degree coverage for the sky lightning. I have tried a baby moon hubcap as a reflector and I have gotten a Olympus wide angle convertor to play around with but have not found what I want yet.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote allanmarcus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2007 at 21:00
The following was taken in Los Alamos New Mexico at the White Rock Overlook. I tried to "beat the clock" by pressing my cable release when I saw the lightning, but that didn't work so well. I then tried very long exposures one after anohter until I cought strikes. It worked, but I learned some lessons.

1) At f22 you better not have any dust ont he sensor.
2) Too many long exposures will cause hot pixels to start to appear in the image.


Aperture     f/20.0
Exposure Time     8/5
Focal Length     17/1
Focal Length In 35mm Film     25
ISO Speed Ratings     100



Aperture     f/20.0
Exposure Time     8/5
Focal Length     17/1
Focal Length In 35mm Film     25
ISO Speed Ratings     100




Aperture     f/20.0
Exposure Time     2/1
Focal Length     20/1
Focal Length In 35mm Film     30
ISO Speed Ratings     100



Aperture     f/20.0
Exposure Time     2/1
Focal Length     20/1
Focal Length In 35mm Film     30
ISO Speed Ratings     100
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Post Options Post Options   Quote superx2won Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2008 at 05:54
Bob, Nice series. what kind of setup you use?
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote allanmarcus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2008 at 07:18
taken with a Maxxum 5D and Sigma 10-20, tripod mounted with a cable release.
Thanks,

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Well, I've been really impressed by everyone's shots, and finally tonight, I was kind of prepared when the storm started. I know now that I want a lightning trigger because I just don't have the reflexes (and my swearing probably scared the neighbors). I was playing around with settings as I went (so lost some shots) but in the end, I got 3 more that I thought I did. They aren't the best, and I can see now I really should have made sure the filter was clean, but I was kind of happy that I got something :o) BTW, I decided to post the crops but the full images are on flickr (all were ISO100 at 35mm, shutter and exposure varied)

f/11, s 1.6, EV -0.3 ISO100, 35mm


f/11, 3.2, +0.3, ISO100, 35mm


f/8, 2.0, +0.3


f/14, 8 sec, +0.7


f/14, 25 sec, +0.7
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aarif Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2008 at 02:36
wonderful shots guys

I don't know if this is mentioned here but an important thing to remember specially in dark conditions is to focus on a distant light to infinity then set you lens/camera an manual focus so you will not need to worry about focusing

Some of my old lighting shots with exif on top

Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
30s f/8.0 at 16.0mm iso100

Sony DSLR-A100
30s f/5.6 at 30.0mm iso100

Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
46s f/8.0 at 22.0mm iso100

Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
1/750s f/11.0 at 18.0mm iso200

Sony DSLR-A100
1/200s f/10.0 at 18.0mm iso200

Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
1/60s f/5.6 at 140.0mm iso100

Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
24s f/8.0 at 30.0mm iso200


Tropical Storm gonu
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
1s f/20.0 at 30.0mm iso100



Edited by aarif - 08 June 2008 at 11:17
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2008 at 11:55
They might be re-runs aarif, but it is good to see them all again. In fact I don't recall the last -- one of the few times where you have gone for movement rather than freezing it, and very effective too!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aarif Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2008 at 12:17
Thanks Cam well with water I would always prefer movement but then again I don't shoot much these types of shots, this was a Tropical Storm which hit Oman and part of UAE last year caused a lot of deaths in the Omani capital

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Post Options Post Options   Quote camelriders Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2008 at 05:10
Originally posted by GreatBlueWhale GreatBlueWhale wrote:



from http://www.lightningtrigger.com



Does anyone know if this trigger can be rigged to work with our propriatory flah mount?

Regards,
Bruce.
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