I finally did it!! I captured a lightning bolt with my camera!
As I left a birthday party this evening, as storm was coming through, so I staked out a spot where I thought I could watch it come over the distant hills. However, as I was watching the glows grow brighter, the rain hit. So I packed up and headed home. Then as I was approaching the area where the casino is located, I realized that a parking garage would provide a great view, and keep me dry and safe 🙂 My first exposure captured this image. However, even thought I was using a remote to shoot sequential exposures automatically, it’s the only bolt I captured. But I’m happy 🙂
18 mm, 25 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200 (Lightning Strike)
My settings may not be ideal; a lower ISO (100) might have preserved the darker sky, same with a smaller aperture (f/8, maybe?) I’ve read many tutorials but didn’t remember exactly what I read; it was late and I was sweaty and tired. Guess I’ll have to read up on it again 🙂
This afternoon I went out on my deck w/ my macro lens, just to see what there was that would grab my interest. I noticed some spider webs on a tree on my deck, and commenced to find their creator. Then I saw him trying to scurry off the side of the deck rail, so I persuaded him to come back to the top (I didn’t hurt him, just chased him w/ a twig), so we could meet. He was kind enough to pause during his busy day and pose for me.
60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Mr. 8-eyes)
60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Spider)
On my way home tonight I saw a thunderstorm off in the distance, in the direction I was traveling. I normally don’t get to see them so far off as CT is full of hills and trees, so they are usually right on top of me before I know it. But I had a little time to try and find a location to shoot before it pushed too far away. I’ve been wanting to shoot lighting for a long time, and thought this could be my chance. I wasn’t able to capture anything spectacular; most of the bolts were internal to the clouds. It did make an enjoyable sight, though 🙂
30 mm, 30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Lightning)