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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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:iconxecutioner379:
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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:iconmilchstrabestern:
MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
I sware it was after me!
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187-lockdown Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
That's an incredible shot! :) The way that the lightning illuminates the sheets of rain adds so much atmosphere to the shot.. Your whole series really captures the power of the storms you get over there.. amazing!
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irishchik128 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005   Photographer
Amazing!!! How do you take these amazing lightning pictures??
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MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
Ah well it's not all that hard, it just requires patience and good timing. In the city I have to use a 5 second exposure and your f-stop always needs to be below f8. If it's much higher, the lightning doesn't capture very well. So the idea is open the shutter for 5 seconds at a time and hope that lightning strikes in that 5 seonds lol.
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irishchik128 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005   Photographer
LOL! Thanks for the instructions! I'll have to try it!
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Aerumnosus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
This is fucking... awesome :o
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MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
lol thanks
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H0shii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Another wonderful lightening shot. And it's awsome how they all meet up at the top, too. =D
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MilchstrabeSTern Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Thanks for your comments and both your favs! :)
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H0shii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. ^^
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