Lightning Bolt

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After a lot of trial and error, I finally lucked out and captured this lightning bolt. I'm not sure what the best settings for shooting lightning, but I used 125 shutter speed, f3.3, isa400, high color, standard tone, white/black was set to auto, and S was set to auto though I'm not sure what S is. I had to put it on manual focus (the auto focus was preventing any pictures because of the black sky), and I put it on shutter priority so that I could make sure the shutter was fast enough to keep the image somewhat stable. If you have taken lightning pictures before, please comment and let us know what the best shutter speed and other settings to use. I've always wanted to shoot a lightning bolt, so I think this is a successful first shot. This is the original version, which curiously included a purple hue.


Guest - Jun 26, 2006 05:31 PM EDT
All photographers & artists on this site keep their copyright so the individual person would need to give you permission; however, since this is my photo, I give you permission to use it as long as you give me credit for it and link back to
Guest - Jun 26, 2006 04:33 PM EDT
This is one of the coolest pics I've seen. Is it copyrighted or could I use it on my blog, which is all about back pain relief, but I feature cool pics too. I'm
Guest - Oct 06, 2005 06:33 AM EDT
Great shot Brian, And to comment on Commodore17's comment.... A film camera that has a Bulb feature would be an SLR Camera and any Digital SLR camrea will also have a Bulb feature.
Guest - Oct 04, 2005 05:45 PM EDT
It looks good
Guest - Jul 06, 2005 09:58 PM EDT
the bulb or manual shutter mode is best although digital cameras often dont have such settings.I find the closer the lightning the higher the f-stop required. The purple may have something to do with the closeness of the strike because i had one which was very close and it also turned out purple. Best of luck with future shots anyway.
Guest - Mar 24, 2005 10:18 PM EDT
Guest - Oct 16, 2004 10:25 AM EDT
I like this one best also. I love the purple hue.
Guest - Sep 13, 2004 03:12 PM EDT
I like this one the best. It turned out very well. I like the hue it left. Great shot Bri.

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