It was flashing like in hell…First far away, than closer and closer…
The perfect occasion to try those long awaited lightning shots. Took the camera with the zoom lens first , mounted it on the tripod and after setting the timer to 2 seconds, adjusted the ISO to 100, Av mode and aperture to 9.
I am not sure that this is the best aperture for shooting lighning, but it worked good in this case.
The camera choose the shutter speed of 30 seconds.
Now the hard part about the focus. As the camera couldn’t find the focus on her own because of obscurity, I’ve let it go through the focucing process and back to start. As this is when it seemed the most sharp, changed the Auto Focus to Manual focus , to prevent the lens for refocusing and blurring again. I didn’t want to waste time on focusing manually , as the lightning show was raging with full force. Just pressed the “Click” button and watched the storm approaching. Every exposure took 30 seconds which allowed multiple flashes to illuminate the sky and be saved in one picture. I definitely missed some of the lighning, especially because I decided to turn on the “noise reduction for long exposures” feature which took for ever. I still got some great shots, much better than expected for a beginner in lightning photography.
The onIy thing I am sad I have missed, was a circular flash that started and ended in the same cloud.It never touched the ground. It’s the first time I see this happening !
After this shot, it started raining a little and the heavy wind was telling that the storm was approaching fast.
I enjoyed a bit more of this magic moment , and went inside just in time before I got soaked from the heavy water drops with the storm was passing over my head and heading further north-east.
About half an hour later , the moon and stars showed up like nothing happened…
Phew! What a beauty !!!
My only previous flash shot was made some time ago, with the point and shoot camera on burst mode.
It’s the first time i managed to catch a flash on cam. Picture taken on 10.06.2008
Model: Canon PowerShot A700
F stop: F/5.0
Exposure: 1/640 sec.
Focal length: 5.8 mm
Metering mode: pattern (5)
Shutter speed (Tv): 9,3
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