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Old 02-26-2004, 02:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was fooling around in a lightning storm tonight, trying to see if I could capture anything.

Just wondering where a good starting point for settings might be for late evening shots, other than "all the way open and fast as fast can be..." Which didn't really work. I'd post the one shot that I did actually manage to capture a bolt, but it's even more embarrassing than the images in my previous question...But hey, I captured lighting for the first time...

And I did find one disappointment with the S2...The "drive speed" isn't as fast as I'd like it to be.
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have found at night during lightning I switch my 10D to manual f/8 to f/11 or so and bulb. Then focus as close to hyperfocal distance as possible. I lock the shutter open with my cable release and just wait. I just close it when I get a good flash or series of flashes. I try to not go much More than a minute or so because image noise begins to creep up.

This was from last summer.
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Wow! That's COOL! GREAT image!

Aha...So I was going about it in completely the opposite manner...As much as I practice Rolando's Quick Reaction, it's pretty tough to anticipate a strike...I like that...close it down and let it suck it up. It seems it would take a little experimenting for good shots at dusk, or other than total night. Probably just less "release" time.

Thank you for the tip!

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Old 02-27-2004, 12:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes...Lighting itself is often so bright and lasts for such a short length of time that it's just enough to expose. Here's one of mine from last summer, not as spectacular as that other guy's, but still pretty good considering lighting was happening all around the perimeter of the city and wasn't really coming from one side.

Now if someone could just get rid of the rain that comes with it I'd be set!

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10D 28mm lens f/5.6 30sec exposure 400 ISO

try to get at least a couple of miles away from the storm so you will be out of the rain.
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