Scallo
Scallo

Lightning Storm



This a stack of nine 90-second shots of lightning. I was lucky enough to set up and have the lightning move through the vista from right to left. Captured at a ...
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This a stack of nine 90-second shots of lightning. I was lucky enough to set up and have the lightning move through the vista from right to left. Captured at a local sports oval.

Each shot was 24mm, f-8, ISO100, 90 seconds
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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at a local sporting oval not too far from where I live in the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. A friend and I had been out chasing the storm as it came in over the coast.
Time
This was about 10pm, we had already been taking shots earlier in the evening at the beach as the storm came in.
Lighting
I haven't lit the shot in any way. All lighting was provided either by the local ambient light produced by streetlights and houses, or by the lightning itself.
Equipment
The shot was taken on a Canon 5D Mk II, with tripod, Canon 24-105 f4L lens, and a shutter release. It was taken at 24mm, ISO100 at f/8. There are actually 9 shots in this photo, each of the exposed for 90 seconds.
Inspiration
I love lightning photos, and this is probably the best one I have taken, as it worked exactly as I planned. I noticed the storm was moving from right to left across the shot, so I set it up with the lightning on the right of the shot to begin with. As the storm moved across the sky I was able to capture more and more of it.
Editing
The 9 photos taken were stacked in Photoshop and then blended the shots bringing all the light forward into on shot. No difference was made to the foreground since each shot was exposed the same, but all of the lightning (13.5 minutes of it) was shown in one shot.
In my camera bag
Used to be a 5D Mk II but I have moved on to a 6D. I've collected lenses for all sorts of photography. My go to lens is the 24-105, but I also have a 50mm 1.4, 100mm macro, 70-200 f4 (all Canon) as well as a Tamron 10-24 for wide angle stuff. 2 shutter releases, a flash, plenty of batteries, spare cards, 2 Lenser torches, and a second bag full of light painting gear.
Feedback
You need a bit of luck in knowing that a storm is incoming. After that it's really all about getting to a position that will work for the shot, and having something to cover the camera in case it rains! Get one exposure correct for what you are looking for and then just shoot away.

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