Lightning Shot

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I’m so busy with the babe photography that I only have time for one picture today.

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El Paso does not get all that many thunderstorms, so when one does take place I’m out there looking to get some lightning images.

For this image I used the Sony SLT A55 camera, 18-250 lens and a sturdy Manfrotto tripod.

ISO 200, f/5.6 20 seconds 60mm, camera on shutter priority

I set up camera and tripod in a likely location that is both dry and comfortably distant from the lightning storm. I point the camera at a likely location, where several bolts have been seen. Set the camera on 20 to 30 seconds exposure and press the shutter release. This is one of the few instances where shutter priority is better than aperture priority. The lightning bolt is going to register regardless of settings, so the real challenge is to catch the lightning bolt while the shutter is open. On a really good and energetic thunderstorm I don’t have any trouble catching the bolts, but on a weak storm with few lightning bolts I have has many as 10 to 1 failures, where no lightning registers.
Sorry for the short post, but I have to get back to work.

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