Light Up The Night Sky

F6.3, ISO400, 20sec Exposure

This is only one of a number of lightening shots I was able to get from our balcony at Myrtle Beach a couple of weeks ago. The human eye can never processes all of the lightening strikes that happen in an instant. This is one great advantage that a camera has.

Posted by Gerry Vrbensky on Tue, 05/08/12 13:26
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Tue, 05/08/12 13:29

I like your lightning capture with the lightning seemingly dancing horizontally across the evening sky.

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 05/08/12 13:33

Wow, that's some crackle! Very nice. If you wish remove those 3 dark posts...;-)

Comments by Jacky on Tue, 05/08/12 14:46

Very cool! I love to photograph lightning for the reason you mention:
one is able see on film (or whatever one is using) what the eye only
perceives as a big *FLASH*. It fascinates me, too, that lightning comes
in different colors: blue, pink, green... perhaps it's refraction
through the rain/clouds/atmosphere that creates the different colors.

Post more!

Comments by Pietro Cecchi on Tue, 05/08/12 17:28

Very beautiful, horizontal lightnings system, Gerry... :)
Lucky catch indeed.

Thank you for the camera settings also.

Comments by G.B. SHETTLER on Tue, 05/08/12 18:21

LOvely looking sky, that's for sure. Great capture !!

Comments by Jeff Dye on Tue, 05/08/12 19:20

Outstanding lightning photo. The only thing I'd change would be to crop the triangle of
beach. Are you using a lightning trigger or just fast reflexes?

Comments by Ruth Rittichier on Wed, 05/09/12 06:01

Great capture. I especially like the reddish sky, and the frothy surf which add interest to the composition.

Comments by Jacky on Wed, 05/09/12 08:55

BTW: @Jeff: you don't really need a lightning trigger or particularly
fast reflexes to take photos of lightning:

1. Open the shutter (using a bulb or remote or whatever you've got).
2. Wait for the lightning to strike within your frame.
3. Release the shutter.

You can get creative and leave the shutter open longer to try to
capture multiple strikes...

Comments by Alias on Wed, 05/09/12 09:05

Nice shot.
I like the inclusion of the beach.

To elaborate Jacky's comment:
"B" is the answer to lightening and fireworks.
ND filters and "B" can be quite effect to record multiple strikes and balance exposure of foreground.