Day 218 (5 Aug 2012) Lightning!

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 🙂

2012_Aug_05_Lightning_001

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 🙂

Day 137 (16 May 2012) Spider Man and Storm

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.

Mr 8-eyes

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Mr. 8-eyes)

Spider

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 🙂

Lightning

30 mm, 30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Lightning)