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  #119 Electricity, or Things That Make It, Use It, or Carry It
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what a charge... or should i say discharge       ©2012 elliott
Olympus E-620       1st place, 265 points
20s, f5.6, ISO 200, ?, Manual, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: to crop or not to crop, that is the question. did crop for tighter view of the bolt. a little noise reduction because of long exposure. resize with faststone (works great to get sizes correct) for entry.       Extra Info: i ran for the camera when i spotted a renticular cloud formed above a huge thunderhead. by the time i got to my shooting spot, smaller closer clouds had obscured it. but then the lightning started. most of it was lighting the clouds from within. this one was classic and almost out of frame so i cropped for a closer vertical view. radar showed the bulk of the storm to be about 35 miles to the west.
 
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Sinth
Sep 26, 2012
    Congrats on the comp win :-)
A subject I have yet to photograph. Well done.
Stu

Lo
Sep 25, 2012
    Thanks El, IMO luck is having the opportunity - it's experience that nails the shot! The point count tells it all - this was far and away the best shot in the open.

mrsawyer
Sep 25, 2012
    Great job, great finish!

elliott
Sep 24, 2012
    thanks much!!!
i really like lo's entry since the pp was so creative and effective, to the point where i feel i need to justify (maybe to myself) why this did so well.

where i live is arguably the 'lightning capital of the world' so i probably have more opportunities than most to capture a good shot of lightning. a quick walk or pedal to the ocean or the river gives me a view without obstructions. in the dark, finding 'infinity' for manual focus isn't easy as turning the focus ring may take you past infinity. i find the most distant light or boat in the ocean for focusing. then i do a lot of counting to myself to find if there is a frequency to the discharges so i have a better chance at capturing. then of course on long exposure the camera will process another shot of equal duration with the shutter closed to find hot pixels and subtract them from the captured image for noise reduction. invariably the best discharges happen while the camera is still processing the previous image. so yes there is a lot of luck involved.

thanks again!
el

Lo
Sep 24, 2012
    Fantastic - you deserved to win with this shot!

Jade O.
Sep 24, 2012
    I don't say this often; well deserved! Tough to get a lightning shot and even tougher to get one that has any semblance of being unique. Lenticular may not be as unique as renticular but it still worked!

Mepo
Sep 24, 2012
    Congratulations - your planning paid off big time. Don't spend all the prize money in one place :-) Thanks also for the detailed info - it might just help me if I get a chance to try this.

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ehstebann
Sep 24, 2012
    Well captured beast! I wish the lower cloud that cuts through the lightning was more to the left so that the disconnection was not that big, or wouldn't be there at all.

Old Finn
Sep 24, 2012
    I think you was lucky when you got this picture. Nicely cropped, beautiful colors. In my favs.

broph
Sep 24, 2012
    What A shot.
A virtual stroke of lightening.

littlemav
Sep 24, 2012
    Fantastic capture!!! Have nothing but good things to say, I've caught some but nothing as spectacular as this shot!!!

mrsawyer
Sep 24, 2012
    Hey, this is my shot -
that I wanted to shoot! I waited and no thunderstorms came. Well done. In my top two.

PhillipW
Sep 24, 2012
    Great capture for the theme, well done.

Mepo
Sep 23, 2012
    Nice work with a great reward for your efforts.

Lo
Sep 23, 2012
    Really impressive demonstration of nature's power unleashed. The sombre colours add impact.
Edited on Sep 24, 2012

elliott
Sep 21, 2012
    ok jade... thanks for the spell check.... what the hell was i thinking when i wrote that.... maybe there is such a thing as 'renticular'.... i'll have to look it up or come up with some creative definition for renticular. edit. sunday night.... this is funny... google renticular cloud and see what happens... most searches go to... 'did you mean lenticular'.... but still many have the same images for 'renticular'. i'm going with lenticular in the future.

steven, i've wrestled back and forth with settings on this camera. the general consensus is that iso 200 is the native iso and anything else is achieved by some sort of hocus pocus magical algorithm that will surely sacrifice qualitiy. not sure yet as i kept it set at 100 for most of the three years i've had this camera. aperture set a couple stops tighter to find the 'sweetspot' for extended focal length on the lens used.

thanks you all for taking time to look.
el
Edited on Sep 24, 2012

KJW
Sep 21, 2012
    Nice, not easy getting a lightening shot, that fact alone deserves a favorite vote.

Jade O.
Sep 21, 2012
    I want to rank this first simply because you managed to get such a difficult capture and it holds interest beyond just a flash of lightning due to the renticular cloud.

hifi
Sep 21, 2012
    The only lightning in the competition - well done!

Steven T
Sep 21, 2012
    Good shot! I appreciate the exposure information - f5.6 @ ISO 200. Must remember that next time I've got an opportunity. Thanks. Good luck in the challenge.

forkcandles
Sep 21, 2012
    there will be people wishing they could run to your spot. well done
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