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Two Lucky Lightning Shots (updated)

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by RFCGRAPHICS, Jul 24, 2008.



    Apr 30, 2005
    There was a nice thunder storm last night and I was able to get this lucky shot off my balcony of the George Washington Bridge. Technique was 'brute force' . All I did was set my camera on a tripod, iso 200, 5 sec, f/5, raw, and locked the camera for continuous exposures with a mc30 wired remote. After 300 frames, I culled the images with lighting strikes and this was the best one.

    QED = quite easily done :) 

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    Update...here is one more from last night with a little more detail in the foreground
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    And here is a composite of the two images...
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  2. Interesting technique! Nice image. Would love a balcony like that!
  3. great result
    love the "brute force" remark

    kind of like knowing what you want.... and making sure you get it

    well done
    thanks for sharing it with us

    as dave said... i'd love a balcony view like that, as well
  4. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    awesome Robert

    I gotta try that :wink:
  5. Nice Robert! We really had some boomer last night.
  6. Beautiful image Robert.
  7. Beautiful capture. The lightening was fierce in NJ last night.
  8. Nice shot

    Very nice shot...

    I would like a view from my home like this as well.. All I get is trees.. very little sky.
  9. jadlh


    Mar 6, 2008
    USA, Michigan
    That definitely is an electrifying shot...nice job.>)
  10. Very nice shot Rob.

    I was passing by that area, returning from a DJ gig up in Monticello, NY. A lot of lightning last night!
  11. Love it. I have a lightning shot that was done with the exact same method when I first got my D70. :tongue:
  12. Sanford504


    Mar 27, 2008
    Yeadon, PA
    Dittio to all the above! What a great shot.


    Apr 30, 2005
    Hi Sanford504, Nuccifamily, Dez, Jadlh, Williadw1955, Gramps, Phil K, PLPhoto, Anthony747, Mood, Spalding12, and Dmwphoto,

    Thanks everyone for the kind words. Lightning storms are so very cool. Now all I have to do is get a good shot of a storm over Manhattan :) 

    I just added another shot from last night. It has a little more detail in the foreground.

    Thanks again
  14. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    "Well Done!":biggrin:
  15. kpstatz


    May 13, 2008
    Very, very nice, rfc!

    I was thinking about taking some shots myself last night during the t'storm, but it was raining too hard in Midtown to put the camera outside.
  16. licaga


    Jan 7, 2008
    Peter Vooijs
    great job
  17. love that 2nd one, as well
    a lot
  18. I like the second one, it seems a bit more balanced to my eyes. Nice catch!


    Apr 30, 2005
    Thank you Shtarka1

    Hi Kpstatz,
    Thanks for the comments. Luckily I have a high roof above my balcony :) 

    Thanks Licaga

    Thanks Greg
    Thank you ddietiker. I agree, the second image has more complexity and is better balanced than the first. The first image has the nicer bolt of lighting.

    So, here is a little photoshop composite of the two images :) 

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