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Alice Springs Lighting Storm

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by nisstrust, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. nisstrust

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    Hey Guys, i went storm chasing tonight in Alice Springs, it was an absolutely massive storm and lots of fun!
    Anyhow some impromptu shots taken of it, with just a 50mm prime, no tripod, or remote shutter cable, i was balancing the camera on a bench with a pillow and using the timer function to get shake free long exposures, looked like a bit of chump setup but hey it worked. :)

    Let me know what you think of the images. No PP done except on #2 where i healed some lens flare. CC appreciated.

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  2. Brad2k4

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    Wow, they are amazing! I was up on anzac about 8ish as the cells rolled in from the NW. Got quite a few nice shots. Got a bit scared when the big sky crawling strikes created static electricity... cant say i had experienced that until then. Do you mind if i post some of my shots on here?
     
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    thanks :) go for it brad... more than appropriate.
     
  4. soupratt

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    Could I ask, what sort of exposure times you were using ? Any Post Processing ? 50 prime ? (1.4 or 1.8)
    Congrats, the pictures are amazing and so sharp !
     
  5. Brad2k4

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    Ok, heres a couple of my favs. Havent done any photoshop or anything, so the town lights make a bit of a mess in some!

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    Other shots and Full Res Here

    Shot with EOS40D, Bulb Mode + Remote Release, EF-S 10-22mm

    Enjoy :)
     
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    Hey soupratt i used a 50mm 1.8II, no post processing on them at all except on #2 to heal some lens flare, other than that they were shot in RAW and converted to jpg and thats it.

    These shots were taken with an exposure of 15-30secs, at f/14 and f/16 at ISO 100-400 from memory. I used the same principal as used in shooting fireworks, it was my first time shooting a lighting storm too.

    Hey Brad2k4, Great lighting shots there. It was too close for comfort though... :shock:
     
  7. mclaren

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    Sorry if my knowledge sounds limited, but are these exposure settings a standard starting point for fireworks/storms or do you get your initial meter readings from the auto exposure on the camera and go from there?

    These photos are so much clearer than the ones I just posted up in the "Into the Storm" thread!! Great work!
     
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    Awesome shots....well done. Who needs a $350 tripod when you can results like this without it ;)
     
  9. Brad2k4

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    Yeah, that was the first time ive experienced that static feeling when lightning strikes... crazy stuff! More storms forecast for this evening... fingers crossed for another speccy lightning show :D
     
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    Thanks guys.

    mclaren i was underexposing my shots by about 1-2 stops, so i was using my meter readings initially but they were not the effect that i wanted. They were slightly over exposing the town lights. Ideally long shutter speeds and a high f/stop to get the fine details is what you want.
     
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    Thanks :thumbup:
    Will give it a try in the few hundred storms which will hit Bris this Summer...
     
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    ...need more storms in Sydney. Need a better vantage point.
     
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    Beautiful shots
     
  14. Steak Face

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    How do you guys focus?

    I had a half arsed attampt last storm with my D40 and the autofocus refused to take a photo as it couldn't focus. Switched to manual focus but then couldn't really tell if it was in focus or not as it was dark :/. All photo's turned out horrible.

    All those shots are sweet, nice work.
     
  15. Brad2k4

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    Manual Focus @ or close to infinate, depends how far you are away
     
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    great shots guys, totally :shock::leet:

    Brad2k4: any chance of getting that first shot big enough for a background (1680x1050)?
     
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    Nice lightning shots fellas! Looks like you got the exposure spot on Anthony!
     
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    very nice shot !!!
    Love it:thumbup:

    just my curiousity, did u know there was gonna be a storm ? or when storm coming, u rush in ?
    i know perhaps my question is a bit funny, but i thought might not hurt to ask. just curious
     
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  19. Brad2k4

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    Sure Man, Right Here

    @ D3P: I am keen on weather, so generally have an eye on the Bom's Radar and weatherzones radar + lightning tracker in one, etc. Specifically this storm I was outside and saw a lot of distant flashes so decided to go check it out.
     
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    brad, love 3 and 4, although all are really really good. well done
     

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