Seems to be that my works are getting the most views on FAA and not my portfolio page, so I have decided to start adding more of my work here. A recent set of prints I did, of lighting (without a lightning sensor).
Taken in Baton Rouge Louisiana (I just uploaded them,and in less than 10mins they've already received 10 views each?!).
I don't really have a technique, per say. Simply set up the camera on a tripod with a fixed focal lens, pointing towards where I see the most lightning, and I have a wireless remote. Had it set on quick response remote, and manual focus on the camera, after making a dozen or so adjustments to get it to shoot right at night.
Equip: Nikon d5100, fixed 85mm lens, tripod and wireless remote..and lots, and lots of patience. Oh, and a cloak, so you won't get wet, and a rain sleeve for the camera.
I too have a D5100 (Love it). What I do is I wait for a particularly active storm to roll by. I then set the camera up on a tripod (of course...dah) and set the camera to Shutter priority with the shutter set for 10 seconds. I am going to experiment with more. I then point it in the general direction of the activity and open the shutter.
I shot this one one night along with about 20 other exposures and it is the only one I got results on. Thank God for digital cameras! I couldn't have done that with film without spending a bunch of money out for processing.
This was shot in florida...notice the shape of the lightening.
I am planning on purchasing a lightning sensor in the future. Seems to be far less expensive than I thought initially. Can't wait to go to downtown Baton Rouge, and possibly get some shots of the capital building with lightning behind it.
As a side note, the picture "Fire from the sky" won digitial slide of the year award from my local camera club. They wanted a matted picture of the shot to hang in the club room for the next year. I had it printed at matted here at FAA and must say I was VERY happy with the quality of work they did. I wish I could have gotten it framed as well, but no framed prints at the camera club.