You can just see the forks of lighting.
Last night Bailey and Roberto and I went to the Tooney pub for dinner and then headed up to Max Brenner to grab some dessert. As we were talking, Bailey, worried about the weather stopping cricket, announced it was forecast to storm, looking at the Radar he thought 2am was likely. I wondered if I could get a lightning photo.
We then went home and played some MW3. Good fun.
The boys left and something distracted me for a while on TV and when I finally headed to bed I noted the time was about 1:30am and thought I’d check the Radar. There was a solid mass of rain filling the left hand side of the 64k Radar image and it was due to hit us in about 20 minutes.
I jumped in the car and sussed out a place I thought might give views back to the mountains and the approaching storm. Not so. Then I headed to Eastern Creek and just stopped on the road pointing in the general direction and hoping.
The lightning began – but how was I catch it? I used Slow Shutter Cam and with some experimentation finally worked out that Capture Mode: Light Trail, Shutter Speed: B* (stays open until I stop it) Sensitivity: 1/4 was the best combo to get what I wanted and I used the Freeze:off photo as that showed the moment of lightning the best. Basically it combines all the images taken into the one image. Normally that would give the blurred effect you are after with a slow shutter but with the lightning on a very dark patch of road it yields the elusive flash.
I didn’t like the location I was in at first and and the storm moved so I switched locations and collected the photo above – as well as a few others – The photo is location tagged so you can see where I took it.. It looked good and I thought I had it but I waited around for some more and then tried another location. It was only when I got home that I realised that the photo that I thought was my best, was my best, in fact it had forks in it! Excellent!
I also posted some of my other attempts including the motion blur from the car and then a truck that went by. (full set)
As I sat in the dark I gave thanks for Tom and his photo scavenger hunt. I have always thought about taking some photos of lightning but never bothered trying. This hunt continues to give motivation to try new things.
This is just the first half of March – even more adventurous adventures are yet to come…
* lol how appropriate – it actually stands for Bulb – though I don’t know why.