The tallest lightning conductor in the world

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The Weather Channel, as in the website and iPhone application, is uncannily accurate. It forecast rain starting at 20:00 with a good chance of thunder and lightning.

I was pretty excited when I saw the first flashes of lightning at 19:55!

I drove into old town Dubai (near the Burj Khalifa) to try to get a good viewpoint and composition. Found it, watching the storms come in.

And then it hit, and hit hard. Monsoon rains and no visibility at all, so I had to find another spot with cover and the change to bag a lightning strike.

I managed to get 5 strikes in the end, and here's the first one that's been processed. I'm returning today to find a place near the original location with cover so I'm ready for later in the week!

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WOW...!

That's just spectacular...!

Thanks for sharing...!
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Fantastic shot! What settings were you at to capture the lighting like that. I've always wanted to try but have never had a good chance.
 
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It was my first effort at lightning photography, so it was a case of learning as I went along.

It wasn't helped by being flooded out at the first site - I had a plastic bag covering the camera and just allowing the lens to peep out but instantly visibility went to zero and I was pummelled with rain and hail! A quick decamp to the car and then to a second point away from the rain and I found out that the remote shutter release wasn't working.

Originally I had planned on Continuous High on the D90, locking down the remote shutter to keep firing away. I was trying various F stops and settings as I went along, but to get sufficient detail in the Burj I needed around 3 seconds at F8 (ISO200) or 8 seconds at F16 (ISO200) as I was getting tired of pressing the shutter every 3 seconds...!
 
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i find the easy is to set it at F4-f11 (depeing how dark it is and how far away the lighting is. )

and try to get 3-15 second exposures, some times i even use ND filters (9 stop if its day time storm)

very nice capture !!!
 
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Thanks Andrew - I was thinking about a ND for next time. With a wider view that should pick up multiple strikes better. Unfortunately I was flooded into an area that didn't allow me to 'step back' and get anything with foreground interest after my initial viewpoint bit the dust.

Heavy rain in a sandy atmosphere = everything goes beige! I've got a lot of cleaning to do! And to remember to take the wife's 4x4 as well, just in case!
 
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That's a great shot! That building is amazing without the strike of lightning, pair the two together and it's a great shot!
Thanks for sharing!
 
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Stunning shot! Did you take it to the building management? They might want to enlarge it and display it in their lobby!
I might just do that! On a local forum another member took my concept and location for a shot of Atlantis and replicated it. A couple of months later I saw a two page spread in the national newspaper's weekend magazine (originally thinking it was my shot) and found out that they were given a weekend's family stay! I'm a little careful with that forum since then! I've posted to the national paper though, so we'll see what comes up!
 
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