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    Posted: 03 February 2019 at 03:38

last Wednesday when I got my first ever lightning shots. Although the 'bolts' seemed to be very fine filaments they did manage to start a few fires. What with the sound of fire sirens, and my daughter ringing to say they'd had a severe hailstorm and that she hoped my caravan [which she stores] wasn't damaged, it wasn't really conducive to a good photographic shoot!!!



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Great drama! I like the first one best for those clouds!
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It's #3 for me Peter, with its interesting lightning strike, dramatic clouds and rain. TFS
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Wow, Peter - I have dreamt about getting shots like this but never, ever, come anywhere near as close as this to achieving it. How many images did you have to take to get these few you've posted here?

For sheer drama and the 'completeness' in the frame it has to be #3 for me - clouds and then the dizzying track of the lightning bolt is a great combination (and things like exposure etc. are also perfectly balanced). I also have a 'soft spot' for #4 as well, with it's 'which way shall we go' circular path in the clouds before deciding it's earth bound direction.

Great shots and I hope the caravan is okay!

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Despite your worries these photo's came out very good. TFS Peter .
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For a "first ever" this is really an outstanding set!

#3 and #4 are my favorites. I have never seen anything similar!

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Very nice! Another vote for #3
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Thanks for the kind words everyone.
Neil I have to confess I cheated, in that after my 'broken heart', throwing darts at a water balloon I think it was @stiuskr who suggested a trigger was the way to go. I read some good reviews of the MIOPS trigger and was fortunate to borrow one from a member of my photographic club. I am mightily impressed. This was literally the first shot, the camera fired, I hadn't seen the lightning nor could I see anything in the camera screen. This isn't cropped.



The storm was coming towards me with very weak bolts. You can see from the tree on the horizon, 10 o'clock to the chimney, the tripod wasn't moved. Basically it was a question of setting the sensitivity of the MIOPS, the above was at 100. However the camera was firing at every little flicker, there was a lot sheet lightning and I soon found that the way to get only a 'bolt' was to drop the sensitivity to 70-80. So after experimenting with F stop and SS that was it. I probably got a 98% result rate albeit disappointing 'flickers'. As mentioned above the bolts weren't particularly impressive so I was more than pleased with the result. The children started school last week so don't know when I'm going to get more balloon shots but in the meantime plenty to experiment with and I have a sneaking suspicion I shall be ending up with one of these!! While I would love another storm for more practice this one started several fires in the high country which are still burning so I hope it will be some months away.


Since #3 seems to be the favourite just out of interest the EXIF was F18. at 0.13sec with iso50 at 39mm. was using my new 24-105mm.


Oh and the caravan survived thank you….
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