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Lightning over Manila



A lightning strike over Makati in Manila

A lightning strike over Makati in Manila
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11 Comments | Report
Ragu
 
Ragu March 05, 2016
great capture!
NZEXPOSED_Photography PRO
NZEXPOSED_Photography March 05, 2016
Thanks Ragu
belindalawrence_2222
 
belindalawrence_2222 March 18, 2016
Love this photo ????
chuck54
 
chuck54 April 27, 2016
Awesome shot!!!!
CherylG
 
CherylG June 30, 2016
Cool capture! Congratulations!
DanLey
 
DanLey August 27, 2016
Wow, well done.
ConnieO PRO
 
ConnieO November 17, 2016
Totally awesome picture!
binaryrevolt
 
binaryrevolt March 12, 2017
This is a great picture
FredericMONIN PRO
 
FredericMONIN March 13, 2017
Magnifique capture !!!
crystaldesrochers
 
crystaldesrochers March 13, 2017
Love it!!
GinasVenueUSA
 
GinasVenueUSA March 24, 2017
beautiful
Canadianeh PRO
 
Canadianeh July 28, 2017
A remarkable photograph. The anger and severity of the lightening contrasting against the cheerfulness and colourful city lights, I love the emotions this conveys!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Manila. I was living there for 1 year and this was my view from the 29th floor of the Pacific Plaza Tower looking towards Makati. I used to watch the thunder storms roll past each evening. I set my camera up to try and capture some of the lighting strikes.
Time
This image was taken about 8pm at night
Lighting
This image was taken through my apartment window, I had to make sure that all inside lights were switched off so not to create any reflections in the windows. I even turned the TV off and closed all doors. The darker my apartment was the better results I got.
Equipment
This image was taken with a Canon 5D3 on a tripod with a Canon 24-105 F4 lens . I used a long exposure to try and capture the lightning. I had set my camera up to take a time lapse to give me the best chance of capturing the lightning i.e my camera would take 1 image for about 25 secs then wait 1 sec until it took the next image for 25 sec. I used to set the camera up to do this for a few hours while the lightning storm pass by.
Inspiration
When I first saw the lightning from my apartment window I thought it would be interesting to see if I could photograph it. I had never photographed lightning before and I experimented with different settings and ways to try and give me the best chance to photograph lightning. I did not have a lightning trigger.
Editing
This image has a little post processing in lightroom CC. I increased some clarity, contrast and exposure in the clouds and lightning. Over the city I have reduced the highlights.
In my camera bag
I mainly photograph wildlife so I have some long lens e.g. 400mm F2.8 as well as Macro images. I have a few Macro lens Canon 100 f2.8, Canon MPE 65 and a wide angle lens for something different.
Feedback
I had great fun photographing lightning and I got hooked on photographing it. When photographing lightning make sure you are in a safe location and are not in any danger from the lightning or getting your camera wet in any rain. For me this was easy as I was in doors.

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