Day 302 (28 Oct 2012) The Calm Before the Storm

Tomorrow the East Coast will begin to get pounded by Hurricane Sandy.  We up in southern New England will get the northern part of the storm.  The last time we got hit w/ a huge storm, power was out for over a week, so everyone has been preparing.  I myself am fully prepared and ready, “Sandy, Bring it!!!” lol

I took a trip to Ocean State Beach in New London, CT, to see what was preceding the storm.  The clouds added a bit of drama to the sky, and the wind was whipping up the surf.  We in CT don’t see real surf, protected as we are by Long Island.  I have to admit its very tempting to brave the storm to see the storm surge, but I think I’ll just stay in and play it safe 😦

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Day 261 (18 Sep 2012) Stormy Sky

Today has been very stormy; lots of wind, clouds, and rain.  My area of CT is currently under a tornado watch, and I’ve lost power 3 times while trying to edit the photos and post this blog!  On my way home I swung into Gay City State Park and shot a few images of the sky and pond.  I would have loved to say longer and watch the clouds race across the sky, but it was raining, and I had stuff to do, as always.

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Storm Over Pond)

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Sky Drama)

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18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Stormy Sky)

Tomorrow will probably be my last post for several days; Thursday begins my trek to Spain with a drive to my gf’s parent’s house to stay that night and work from there Friday, before my flight Friday to Barcelona for 2 weeks.  I will land Sat morning and get to see her for the first time in 6 months!  As you can probably guess, I’m a bit excited 🙂  I know I won’t be posting daily while over there, but I will still be shooting every day (yes, she is a photog, too!).

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 🙂

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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.

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

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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 🙂

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