Photographing lightning, natures off-camera flash!
For anyone who wasn't on the South Coast of Britain last night, we had a little bit of lightning. It was very welcome too as we got some relief from the unusually warm weather.
I've wanted to try some lightning photography for a while, but of course every time we've had any of late, it's not been possible for me to get out and shoot.
So, off I went to Portsdown hill, along with most of Portsmouth it seemed. The car parks were packed by the time I got there and all the best spaces taken. My plan was to sit in the back of the car with the boot open so I could be sheltered from the worst of the rain and still use the car as a faraday cage.
Now the hard work started. Lightning doesn't co-operate, it won't pose where you want, or even where you are looking. It certainly isn't going to hold a pose while you get sorted out. So there is a lot of guesswork, or there was for me anyway. So how to do it? How to capture a decent flash of lightning? I started by watching for where the lightning strikes were most frequent and then aiming my camera in that general direction, as soon as there was a hint of light in the sky I pressed the shutter and kept shooting for a few seconds. I sure you'll not be surprised to learnt I have many, many very dark photographs!
So, the results (after some cleaning up with editing software)
I can't wait for the next storm, as I have a few ideas to try out.
Brilliant shots. Well done.
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