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30 Seconds (pure energy)



Four lightning bolts 30 Seconds (pure energy), shot on a tripod with a 2 second timer followed by a 30 second exposure. No layers just the 1 photo.

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Four lightning bolts 30 Seconds (pure energy), shot on a tripod with a 2 second timer followed by a 30 second exposure. No layers just the 1 photo.

Thats the great thing about photography you never know what's coming next and you could get lucky.


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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Patawalonga River which is just around the corner from where I live. The Patawalonga River is a short river that was, before European settlement, a tidal estuary. The River is serviced by a 210 km² catchment that exists in metropolitan Adelaide, with its mouth at the suburb of Glenelg.
Time
I was home when I heard the first rumbles of thunder, within minutes I was at the beach taking lots of lightning photos. Eventually I made my way to the Patawalonga River. This photo was taken approximately at 9.30pm.
Lighting
Lightning is the only source of light that is needed to take a great photo.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM wide angle lens. I was also using a sturdy tripod which enabled me to take the thirty second shot.
Inspiration
I think out of all the challengers for me as a self taught photographer, lightning is by far the most exciting and rewarding shoot at the days end. Especially the thrill factor involved as I was inspecting the view finder a bolt of lightning blew up a junction box on a power pole just 50 ft from where I was standing.
Editing
To bring out the best of this photo I tweaked the contrast and sharpness a bit. Other than that, that basically is the shot.
In my camera bag
When I go out on a landscape shoot I usually arm myself with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM wide angle lens and tripod. I used to take my EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM along for the journey but I am a terrible lens changer in the elements and hated getting my sensor cleaned all the time.
Feedback
Capturing lightening is a test of patience and nerve. Its important to set the the camera as close as the setting you think you may need to get the job done and importantly view every snap to ensure its looking exactly how you want it. Also be prepared to be scared and try to read up on how lightning strikes as it may well save your life one day.

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