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Veins - Lightning 5 by MilchstrabeSTern Veins - Lightning 5 by MilchstrabeSTern
Heres a series of photos, this is photo 5, Veins.

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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Xecutioner379 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
holy......



what an awesome shot.
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WarthogDemon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008   Writer
Awesome. :clap:
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le-hana Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006
That is amazing\stunning\incredible\"insert random adjectives"! Completely awesome.
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toxic5 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
Great shot, I too am in the Phoenix area and have been attempting a few lightining shots. I would love to hear any strategies you have :)
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kuda14 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome shot! :+fav:
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deep-cleavage Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Hi! :wave:

Thank you for sharing this wonderful capture! It's my pleasure to inform you that this work was featured in my journal today! :D

Cheers! :clap:
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MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Thanks so much! :D
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cybergamer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005   Photographer
Dang...nice.....

*drool*
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ruggle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005   Photographer
wow, this is really powerful. great!! looks like an angry fireball taking revenge on the earth ;)
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MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
I sware it was after me!
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