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  1. trappers

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    Now I'm sure you lot have some shots much better than mine, but I just re-discovered these two taken in South West Victoria in December last year. [​IMG]

    Click for larger (the small size and compression dont really do justice).


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    They are a bit noisy but that is mainly due to the fact they were a little underexposed and I bumped them a little.

    Let's see yours! [​IMG]
     
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    something I'd love to do at some stage - got all the gear just waiting to be in the right spot at the right time.

    So are you just using bulb and then closing the shutter once you get a strike?
     
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    Im no expert at it, but Bulb tend to overexpose the pics if the lightning occurs at the end of the shot.

    I'll normally try and set up the shot so that it is generally slightly underexposed at 15s or 30s. I'll then use a shutter release cable, lock down the shutter release and have the camera in continuous burst mode so it takes a series of 15 or 30s exposures. Hopefully in one of those exposures you'll get a lightning strike! [​IMG]
     
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    Usually I'm too busy looking at a lightning show to take pics.

    I've seen some awesome ones during the build up in the NT.
     
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    i found a few good lightning shot on my go pro, set it to record at 60fps, and point it at a storm, then convert movie to image sequence, actually got a shot of a lightning strike that was very close. but it was bright enough to wash out the sensor, you can tell its a lightning bolt, just very overexposed. some strikes a distance away worked ok. but water on the lens ruined the focus.
     
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    a great p38 lightning
     
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    edited see below
     
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    Great photos all including the aircraft.
     
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    Awesome pics all. [​IMG] I love a good lightning show.

    Hey, Trappers. Where did you take your 2nd pic? I saw lightning arc back to the clouds like that south of Gundagai on an amazing drive from Sydney to Melbourne one Easter... Spectacular [​IMG]
     
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    Not mine as you can tell but this was about three years ago around kal.
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    Ill admit to being a closet storm junky. Love a good storm. Actually just enjoy weather, from a clear cool day with high cirrus in winter to a storm front in the spring
     
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    Kids this is why you don't stand under trees in a an electrical storm! (an oldie but a goodie - not mine either)

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    Hope the house had good content insurance going by the ark on top of the power pole
     
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    I like the experimental rockets towing a copper wire firing into the CBs! How awesome would it be to try that - from a distance...

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    I found my NEF's of the above and re-worked them in lightroom (also a bit of cheeky photoshopping to remove some power lines ... naughty i know).

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    Found this one on reddit this morning.

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    Here's a couple of mine. Not quite up to the quality of the others.

    This storm was out to sea and the whole cloud was lighting up, and the moon was coming up at the same time. It looked very cool.
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    And this one I just got lucky with as I was taking pics of a storm that came up from the south.
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    That last one is great Hak! Day time lightning is the hardest to catch!

    Susiq, taken down the Victorian coast at the end of the great ocean road in a little town called Peterborough [​IMG]
     
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    Just take HD video and freeze a frame. I cannot post my best shot....it is not really much of a shot. It mainly shows a roof under bright lightning. But the best fact of the pic is, that I was counting / timing the space between lightning and that I happened to take the pic at the precise moment the flash occured - one of those flash and bang at the same time real close. True story....took it in Annandale Sydney.
     
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    The quality is shit though.
     
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    Darb that last one of yours is awesome! What are "NEF's" though?
     
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    Near enough to fry you?
     
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    Here is one of mine that made the front cover of the Centralian Advocate [​IMG]
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    here it is:
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    Another one i shot on the same night.

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    @Legs Akimbo is that from tonight's little rumbler passing through Sydney?
     
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    Yep
     
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    Dang!! Just sitting at the airport waiting for my flight Dubai/ Zurich heading for Zermatt.
    Do I have to fly through that s**t??!! :eek:
     
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    My guess is no.
     
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    just had a couple of very close strikes here (less than half a second between flash and bang. Much poo in undies as i was outside at the time.
     
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    Nice
     
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    Some cracker's there
     
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    Phew....survived that! It was quite a light show out the starboard side for the first hour of the flight.
    What a sh**fight Dubai airport is right now. Construction chaos reigns supreme!
     
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    I totally forgot about this thread!

    Some shots of mine from earlier this year in Perth
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    ^^ I love that last one - like a stick figure man :)
     
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    I was thinking of sharing that last one in the MUFTS thread...
     
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    These were taken by a family member at our island cabin. Strait of Georgia in the background. In the daytime you can see the low elevation glaciers beyond Mt Washington.
     
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    Last night? Was a pretty good show.


    Check this out, not a pic but a short viddy i took a few years back - note that I'm at 39,000' and look where it goes!
     

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    Do you realise that's 5 demerit points and hefty fine? Times 2 this weekend. :nono:
     
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