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Anger - lightning 6 by MilchstrabeSTern Anger - lightning 6 by MilchstrabeSTern
Heres a series of photos, this is photo 6, Anger.

Wow you guys, I totally was not expecting this!!! We just got a Digital Rebel under a week ago for a variety of purposes. I was looking foward to using it durring the monsoon season because we get maybe 2-4 weeks of the ENTIRE year too shoot lightning here in the phoenix area. Well its been 110 + here for over a week ( it was 122 driving home on the freeway the other day). Anyways i was thinking, "wow I get only a only 2-4 weeks too shoot lightning for the entire year.... how much does that suck!" Well tonight I was given a pleasent surprise, I was driving over to a friends house to pick up something and I saw lightning to the south, and it was coming closer. So I thought maybe i can get a few pictures, even if it is god knows how many miles away. So eventually i went down to the wash and set up my digital rebel on a tripod and man, this lightning was all around me, and it was getting closer and closer!!!! I really didn't want to leave! I eventually did after getting 6-7 GREAT shots!!! I'm very happy that i was given such a an excellent light show so early in the season!

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Exposure: 4-6 sec (longer exposures pick up too much city light and it gets nasty orange, if I counter this and make the f higher, it doesnt pick up the lightning as well)
F-stop: 6.3
Lense: 18-55 mm (when i first went out i walked out with the 80-200mm and had to go back lol)


The city can be retarded when doing long exposures like this, do yo guys have any suggestion so i can make my exposure longer, without getting the nasty city glow, and by keeping the visabilitiy of the lightning?
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:iconvilenro:
Vilenro Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
May I use this picture as a background for one of mine???
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:iconjlfeclipse:
JLFEclipse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What was your ISO?
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:icondeserthaze:
deserthaze Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
*whistles* What a shot!!! Incredible! I would have loved to watch THAT lightning show! =D
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
INSANE...GREAT SHOT!!!!:firelite-photo:
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:icontheworldisimaginary:
theworldisimaginary Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
This is amazing. <3
Do you have a bigger one of this? (:
I'd love it as my myspace background, if you don't mind.
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:iconbillndrsn:
billndrsn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to "Lightning" Collection here [link]
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:iconmisinterpret:
misinterpret Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
oh god..dats awsum:D
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:iconchrishankhah:
Chrishankhah Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually strikes fear into my heart, and normally I'm pretty brave about lightning ...
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:iconreborn-atheist:
Reborn-atheist Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
a slow iso will help reduce ambeint light
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Indeed. That was way back when I just got into photographing lightning. I didn't even think I'd get any that night.
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:iconhopeslastwarrior:
hopeslastwarrior Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
It looks amazing, you have great skill.
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:iconhotarunokurai:
Hotarunokurai Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Hobbyist
That is amazing....:jawdrop: And you're my hero for capturing it! :worship:
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:iconle-hana:
le-hana Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006
Another sweet lightning picture. So cool.
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:icondodongo:
Dodongo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
Wow, someone on DA that knows what the hell this site is for. You explain the scenario and constraints of the shots you take, you earned a friend man.
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Thanks! I really appreciate it!
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:iconwippy:
Wippy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
This would look awesome on canvas... :) The monitor rarely does pics like this justice, but when you print them out on canvas paper they are just aesome :)

Great shot...
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Thanks for the advice! sorry I responded so slow!
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eLEmeNt-of-sOLituDe Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005
Heh i really dont add much to my :+fav: list but this is a must. I would've thought this would get a better response, ten :+fav: is good but if i add one, 11 is better. Beautifully created by mother nature herself, and your just so lucky to see Her perform.
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Soreiya Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
hehe way nifty lightning looks cool nice picture
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:iconrowantiger:
RowanTiger Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow yet another amazing capture! I envy your skill with the camera...you must teach me! :p
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Siadeug Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005
This is the most amazing lightning image :) Lightning shots are hard to take, and they usually come out rather crappily - it's just hard to get the power of lightning onto paper (or onto screen) - but this is so intense :)
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconthechemistnl:
ThechemistNL Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005   Photographer
hmmm... well, you could always remove the city lights with photoshop...
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Well no because the city gives off a glow, so you cant just remove that nasty orange glow from the sky because then you're removing your lightning too.
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ThechemistNL Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005   Photographer
^^; I was referring to this pic specifically, the few orange glows wouldn't be missed...
b the way, which model did you get? I got a digital rebel XT (known as EOS 350D in Europe) ^^
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Oh yeah i can get rid of individual lights but, that exposure was only 6 seconds so the glow wasn't a problem longer exposures the glow becomes very evident. It's just the EOS 300d not as nice as the 10 d.
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ThechemistNL Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005   Photographer
still a great camera =) all eos cams are great hehe
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ruggle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005   Photographer
great! the flashes perfectly fit in the silhouette of the trees! don't know how to reduce city lights, but i think you'll have to do it in photoshop. i've taken my lightning photos in the countryside.
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Well no, the city glow just overwhelms the sky, so I'm pretty much stuck at 4-6 second exposures! But it works sometimes! Thanks!!!
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boomslice Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
That's insane! Great job!
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187-lockdown Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
WOW! :omg: This has to be the most spectacular shot of the series.. The way that the strike on the left surrounds the trees in the foreground makes it look almost like claw/talon.. That is some mean-ass weather!!
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irbe01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005   Photographer
Fantastic shot, for sure. Much props for capturing such an impressive frame. Lightning is random and powerful, to get lucky to catch a multiple strike like this is fantastic. Great job!
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Gamez82 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
amazing shot...i love how the trees are shadows....awesome.
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Bossox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Beautiful! Unfortunately I have no suggestions for you as I'm not a photographer, but I love it.
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
hehe well thanks for the comment anyways!
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druidz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005   Photographer
Excellent shot. I love the quality in this. Do you have it any bigger? I would love to stick that as my desktop wallpaper.
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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Yes i do, just give me your e-mail!
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