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Lightning Strike

Lightning Strike
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-20
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/14.0
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-09-08 12:52
Viewed: 1323
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was watching a baseball game one evening when a lightning storm moved in. I don't do much lightning photography, but thought I'd give it a try. My camera settings are found in the EXIF data. I took numerous bulb exposures and returned to the camera every 5 minutes or so to start a new one.

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To jean11-3: light pollutionwerdir 1 09-09 13:29
To WhiteKnight: hot pixelswerdir 1 09-09 05:03
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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2013-09-08 16:27]
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Clean forks of lightning,I definately heard the next thunder roll Werner.Did you guess the location that you thought the lightning would strike,then waited for the thunder to let you know here comes some more,& then fired on burst mode,or did you wait for a flash,then went for the shutter button on burst mode? Really, a vivid capture.TFS



Hi Werner,
Fantastic capture with surreal tones. The silhouetted trees nicely shaped against the stormy sky in the BG. Lightning and clouds well detailed and sharply focused, not an easy capture, well done. Reminds me of the baseball movie - The Natural.

A good first time go. Sharp, good strong flashes.

The only problem with B mode on the digi camera is the 'hot pixels' from the sensor becoming warm. You can see the myriad little white and red spots in the photo here. I find myself laboriously touching up long exposures.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-09-09 3:36]

Very exciting to see images of lightening.


Hello Werner, something that I have never tried to do! So all the more impressed by people who can.
Excellent shot.The strange colour of the sky? Is that what we now call 'light pollution'?
Anyway whatever, it does not detract from the shot.
Regards Jean.

Shooting lightning can be frustrating but also can be very rewarding. And you were rewarded with beautiful flash. Very well done, tfs.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 121 W: 44 N: 32] (2223)
  • [2013-09-09 18:20]

Hi Werner
You was in the right place and in the right moment. This is a great capture. Patience is a virtue.


Hi Werner,
Timing is everything...I am so unlucky with lightning shots..I aim one way and it strikes behind me...turn around and get burned again.
Great capture, excellent composition and nice details on the sky.


You were right to try and I think the result is interesting.
A decisive moment that you captured with the sense of balance.
Mysterious atmosphere, I like the electric light, and silhouettes of trees in the foreground.
I tried something else, just for fun, as I suggest in WS. I hope you'll like it.

This shot is so full of energy and danger,great composition.All the best Otto.

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