Day 188: Three Strikes

Three strikes of lightning off in the distance from Foster Beach.

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2 Responses to Day 188: Three Strikes

  1. indyink says:

    The light is phenomenal. I gotta know how you shot it.

    • The Author says:

      Thanks!! Glad to hear you like it. I’m as amateur as it gets when it comes to photography so I apologize for not getting very technical with my response. Basically I give all the credit for that shot to my camera. I have a Nikon D5000 and and it can take some pretty nice pictures. To capture a lightning shot like that, all ya need is a camera with an adjustable exposure setting and a tripod.

      The exposure setting eliminates the need to have supernatural timing skills with the shutter release. For this particular picture, I think I used a 15 second exposure which means the shutter was open for 15 seconds allowing anything in my line of sight for that period of time to show up in the photo. So the three strikes you see happened in the span of 15 seconds.

      Now since you’re keeping the shutter open for an extended period of time you’ll need to adjust the aperture to make sure too much light doesn’t reach the sensor and make your image too bright and washed out. It’s a delicate balance that requires a lot of guess-and-check adjustments for a novice like myself but you can get a feel for the right settings over time.

      The tripod is crucial to make sure the image is clear and crisp. If the camera isn’t 100% stable, any movement while the shutter is open will show up in the photo as fuzzy edges or blur.

      Besides the camera with adjustable exposure and a tripod, all you need is some luck and a lot of patience. I hope this long-winded explanation helped!

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