Old 05-13-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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So I was out shooting last night because of health issue stress. So I wanted to play around with nightime settings and such. Well I happened upon a quick passing storm to the north and managed to somehow get a shot of lighting. Has anyone here attempted lightning shots before and if so what settings do you use?

Had a few people tell me to upload this this to RP. I knew they wouldnt except it do to there lightning standards so the bets where as to which would be the rejection reason. I lost the bet but still feel I one with an luck shot.

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Old 05-13-2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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What did they reject it for?

Fix the color temp or white balance, play with the levels and I think it could get on.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:56 PM   #3
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What did they reject it for?

Fix the color temp or white balance, play with the levels and I think it could get on.
Hit with Underexposed. I was going to play around with it and see. The lighting there at the yard is the orange sodium lights so that why I figured they would reject it for.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:57 AM   #4
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With work it could be a SC / PCA photo. Address the color cast, and do some exposure work on the ground to brighten it up some and back down the glare on the side of the locomotive.

For lightning, it's a total crap shoot. If you expose darker you miss the smaller strikes, expose too brightly, and you'll blow out the big ones. I generally shoot around iso 400, f8 and I close the shutter immediately after a strike, or after 30 seconds have passed.

There's no right or wrong way to go about it, as it's more luck than skill.

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Old 05-14-2014, 12:58 AM   #5
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I've shot lightning before a few times. Use a cable or remote release if you have one. I always used as high as an f-stop as I could and never had a need to raise the ISO since its a long exposure. I'd either set the camera to 30 seconds or held it open until the lightning hit.

That's the very basics though. Might want to wait for the more experienced to chime in.

I like your shot, btw.

EDIT: Reading Loyds comment, I'd go with his advice on the exposure. I was just trying to get the lightning and nothing else.
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What did they reject it for?

Fix the color temp or white balance, play with the levels and I think it could get on.
Bingo - then go back with a flash or flash light to add light to the dark side of the subject. Or... give it a whirl on RP - maybe lightning will trump that issue.

I just corrected the color balance and adjusted the "curves" - found the blacks and whites.

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Bingo - then go back with a flash or flash light to add light to the dark side of the subject. Or... give it a whirl on RP - maybe lightning will trump that issue.

I just corrected the color balance and adjusted the "curves" - found the blacks and whites.

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Looks good. I'll try messing around with the original and see how close I can get to it. Just outa curiosity what program did you use?
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Thanks for the tips. Ive shot lightning before with good results sometimes, but they were always landscape shots. This was the first time with having foreground objects to worry about.
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About as close as I can get it..


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The latest color cast adjustments represented in Mitch's efforts feature a more accurate color cast. This is a great candidate for acceptance and has quite the thumbnail impact. I really hope to see this one resubmitted as I believe it would be a very well received image by the viewers.

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Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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Guess it got accepted =)
Thank you and major thanks to Mitch for the tip on what I needed to do to fix it. Thats what I love about the forum. Its criticism and help from others.
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Guess it got accepted =)
Thank you and major thanks to Mitch for the tip on what I needed to do to fix it. Thats what I love about the forum. Its criticism and help from others.
Congrats - I only put into a pic what Troy suggested. Looks great!

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Congrats - I only put into a pic what Troy suggested. Looks great!

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Opps sorry Troy, thanks to you too.
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Opps sorry Troy, thanks to you too.
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Congrats on the #1 PCA. And if I were Chris Walters, I'd hate your shot for keeping me from hitting the trifecta.
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Congrats on the #1 PCA. And if I were Chris Walters, I'd hate your shot for keeping me from hitting the trifecta.

Thanks Jim.. haha dont worry I wont let it happen again Chris
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Hit with Underexposed. I was going to play around with it and see. The lighting there at the yard is the orange sodium lights so that why I figured they would reject it for.
It is instances like this that you will have wished to shot RAW format.
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Hit with Noise on this one. Does the whole picture need noise reduction or just the sky?

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Most of the noise is towards the bottom of your photo from what I can see. Did you do some lightening up there?

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Most of the noise is towards the bottom of your photo from what I can see. Did you do some lightening up there?

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It's extremely noisy everywhere. I would have brought a bigger light to paint with, and backed waaaaaaaaaay off on the iso. Noise would have been reduced greatly, and you wouldn't have nuked parts of the lightning either.

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It's extremely noisy everywhere. I would have brought a bigger light to paint with, and backed waaaaaaaaaay off on the iso. Noise would have been reduced greatly, and you wouldn't have nuked parts of the lightning either.

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Yeah the flashlight batteries were almost dead and it was pitch black there so I was playing around with iso and f/stop settings. Unfortunately the only bolt shot I got was with those settings. The rest of the shots were just lit up clouds from to much rain ahead of the lightning.
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I know how it goes. I had a great night shooting lightning last week, and I figure I'll shoot lame ducks the next few times.

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I know how it goes. I had a great night shooting lightning last week, and I figure I'll shoot lame ducks the next few times.

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Haha I shot lame ducks at work the day before. Its been a horrible year for t-storm here this year. Only had like 5 storms so far this year and 3 of them were afternooners.
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