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Images of Canberra – The lightning last night

By johnboy - 12 January 2009 23

It was one hell of an electrical storm last night. RandomGit has sent in a photo taken by one of his friends for your consideration. (Click on the image for a larger version)

The Git sent it in with the following note:

    “Though Lightning shots are a dime a dozen, this one is panormaic and catches a moment when Telstra tower sucks one in.”

You can check out the photographer’s work here: http://www.jgphotographics.com/.

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Images of Canberra – The lightning last night
Danman 3:07 pm 12 Jan 09

spectra – low ISOenables less hot pixels – I primarily take low light exposures over 30 seconds with no noise reduction and on ISO200 – yet to get any hot pixels.

I am sure they are a valid phenomenon but I am yet to experience them.

I must say though I have done some amazing 3+hr shots of stars at night with a rocky ridge in the foreground – something which will blow DSLR’s out of the water is loooooong exposures – because they start getting noisy at about 5 minutes for me… but never had hot pixels.

Spectra 3:03 pm 12 Jan 09

Gungahlin: Can’t see any reason that technique shouldn’t work with DSLRs as well – great idea, I’d never thought of it. Time for some playing next storm, methinks 🙂
(The only caveat I can think of is that with DSLRs, the longer you leave the shutter open, the more “hot pixels” you tend to get. These can be removed with photoshop, it’s just more fiddly than if you can avoid them in the first place with shorter exposures).

deceit 2:56 pm 12 Jan 09

Danman said :

Lightning photos = tripod – camera on full manual settinfs – I use f5.6 iso 200 and between 5 to 30 second shutter – turn off low light noise reduction if you have it.

Also turn of AF and manually focus on a distant pin prick of light until its sharp – or focus on infinity

Its really hit and miss so spend as little time as you can between frames.

Good capture rg

Thanks for the tips Dan I will be sure to give it ago next time.

Good old teltra tower, that would explain why our internet is still stuffed!

Gungahlin Al 2:36 pm 12 Jan 09

My dad – once a professional photographer in Canberra’s early days – showed me a dead easy way to take lightning and fireworks shots. Not sure how it works with the new digital SLRs though.

Get yourself a black hat. Set camera on tripod and affix cable release. Hold hat in front of and around lens without touching it and lock cable release on (with appropriate untimed shot setting). Wait. When a bolt goes off, whip the hat away without touching the camera then whip it back into place. For fireworks this allows you to stack multiple shots on top of each other, which can be great.

Of course this needs a relatively low ambient light level or the backdrop may end up overexposed and/or blurred.

PS: good shot and there were some great boutas of rolling thunder last night.

Holden Caulfield 2:10 pm 12 Jan 09

Awesome pic to the Git!

ant 2:09 pm 12 Jan 09

What a cracker of a shot. I wonder if the photographer plans to put it up on weatherzone? Many of the weatheries are also keen photographers and storm shots are always enjoyed, they’d love that one for sure.

Danman 1:38 pm 12 Jan 09

turn off AF, not turn of.

Danman 1:38 pm 12 Jan 09

Lightning photos = tripod – camera on full manual settinfs – I use f5.6 iso 200 and between 5 to 30 second shutter – turn off low light noise reduction if you have it.

Also turn of AF and manually focus on a distant pin prick of light until its sharp – or focus on infinity

Its really hit and miss so spend as little time as you can between frames.

Good capture rg

Steve_Pedestrian 1:37 pm 12 Jan 09

lobster said :

Any tips on getting lightning photos?

I always seem to miss them.

Also, what settings should the camera be on?

1) Use a tripod as you would normally have to have a time delay setting on the shutter.
2) Be patient
3) Don’t stand under a tree

pug206gti 1:23 pm 12 Jan 09

The GPATS lightning tracker shows the progress of the storm, quite interesting:

http://www.gpats.com.au/php/repository/Canberra.html

Bluebell 1:15 pm 12 Jan 09

Excellant photo,did think about getting the camera out…next time

lobster 1:13 pm 12 Jan 09

Any tips on getting lightning photos?

I always seem to miss them.

Also, what settings should the camera be on?

poptop 1:05 pm 12 Jan 09

Fabulous photo.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:02 pm 12 Jan 09

I stood out on my driveway for a while last night watching the show. Spectacular view from our place. Plus our lawn got some rain!

H1NG0 12:53 pm 12 Jan 09

Great photo. Was it taken in Gungahlin? I even left the cricket at one stage to go outside and have a look 😉

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