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Maggy Marsh

1 Year Ago

Lightning Photography

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?!).

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Joshua House

1 Year Ago

Love yours, especially with the color. Here's a so so one that I took a couple months back. What is your technique/equipment that you use?

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Maggy Marsh

1 Year Ago

Joshua,
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.

 

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Here's one - FINALLY - off my front porch, with my 6mp P&S. :))

 

Ronald T Williams

1 Year Ago

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.

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This was shot in florida...notice the shape of the lightening.

 

Maggy Marsh

1 Year Ago

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.

 

Dan Daugherty

1 Year Ago

Maggy...Lightning has proven to be such an interesting Subject for me... Can you think of anything else so beautiful but so dangerous? Your images are Awesome...and so are the others posted here...

I love doing sculptures of Lightning...

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Ricky Barnard

1 Year Ago

I took this one a few years ago. It is about twelve exposures over about five minutes blended. It was a nice electrical storm.

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John Crothers

1 Year Ago

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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.

 

Jeff Niederstadt

1 Year Ago

Being a storm chaser I see lots of storms and lots of lightning but stopping to shoot the lightning is something that don't happen that much. This one is my best so far.

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Maggy Marsh

1 Year Ago

Has anyone purchased any style lightning sensor to do lightining photography? What brand/style is it and how well does it do?

 

John Crothers

1 Year Ago

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/870803-REG/AEO_Photo_MCROMLTCN3_Lightning_Strike_Micro_MT.html

I have this one and LOVE it. All three of my shots posted here were taken with it.

 

Ricky Barnard

1 Year Ago

Never heard of a lightning sensor. I just use a remote shutter release, set to F/8 and leave the shutter open for anywhere from ten seconds to a few minutes, depending on how much cloud blur I want.

 

Chris Kusik

1 Year Ago

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Chris Kusik

1 Year Ago

Good old fashioned film!

 

Maggy Marsh

1 Year Ago

Eh..film? No thanks. I emjoy photography and would be bankrupt if I used actual film..lol

@John, thanks for the info! I am currently researching them and trying to figure out what one is the best for my needs, I am checking that one out now

 

KAREN WILES

1 Year Ago

If you want to check out great lightening shots, check out the FAA site of James Bo Insogna (lightening man). His work is outstanding!!!

 

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