Photographing lightning, natures off-camera flash!

July 18, 2014  •  1 Comment

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)

LightningLightning over Portsdown Hill

lightning, portsmouth, portsdown hillLightning over Portsdown hill and Portsmouth

Brighter than day!

 

I can't wait for the next storm, as I have a few ideas to try out. 


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Tony Taylor(non-registered)
Brilliant shots. Well done.
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