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More lightning!

More lightning!
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 150 N: 413] (2882)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-13
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Event, Decisive Moment, Nocturnal
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S DX f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/-3.6, 4 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-15 17:44
Viewed: 1597
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another shot from the thunderstorm a couple nights ago. I probably made a strategic mistage by posting this more straightforward shot before posting the one that was distorted by the drops on the window. Anyway, here's another look at that awesome display.

PP: Filtered with Noiseware, significantly cropped, then sharpened, resized, and framed.

PS. The aperature was set at f22 for a 30-second exposure. Weird EXIF data, eh? I think it was because I closed the shutter after a couple of bright flashes. Though I now realize I didn't constrained the ISO to 200, but it auto selected 1600, which made for a good bit of noise, and grain the size of nickels.

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  • NAHL Gold Star Critiquer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 0] (985)
  • [2006-06-15 19:29]
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Hi Mike
Very beautiful and very good shot

Hi Mike,

Wow!! That might be a big fury. Wonderful one. I guess, it is a bit out of focus. But, still a very rare capture!! I really wonder about the shutter-speed. Just 4 seconds? You must be very lucky. Once I tried with 16 seconds, they only I got some lightnings there. Nicely done. TFS.


Your exposure is acceptable no problem with that. Very good man, your patience paid off capturing a truly exceptional good image. Congratulations and cheers. Jeffrey

damned, it's so hard to capture a thunder...but you did it very well...good job

Hi Mike
You framed the lightning well. Very dramatic capture of this big storm. The black sky really brings a nice contrast to the white hot lightning bolts.
TFS Janice

I hope these storms and rain are over soon, I'm canoeing the Milk River late next week. TFS Janice

Hi Mike
PErfect photo. Very very nice.
PErfect work. Well done.


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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6102 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2006-06-20 16:57]

Hi Mike,

that yes that a beautiful fury
of the nature, a beautiful close-up
of this lightning falling in the earth.
Beautiful visual!


Another Fanstatic Shot! Like I said I like lightning and this is incredibly dramatic. Too bad for the 1600 ISO, but when I shot the lightning I was using 400 and it still can't be blown up w/o a lot of noise. Live and learn. Well done!

I am new to this site. But I like the look of the photo. I wanted to mention that the city light at the bottom almost look like fires started from the lightning. Interesting photo.

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