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shooting the lightning, pt1

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super-large (totally unshopped) scan of the third shot here
29th Jun 2005, 19:12   | tags:,,,

daz says:

Wow, I'm jealous. :D

Awesome pics!

29th Jun 2005, 19:13

Steve says:

Love the way you have gotten a pillon into the shot too

29th Jun 2005, 19:14

Joe says:

how the feck!? bloody amazing!

long exposure right?

29th Jun 2005, 19:15

amandarin says:

Oh, beautiful Mat! I absolutely adore that 3rd one.

29th Jun 2005, 19:22

Helen says:

Very sexy.

29th Jun 2005, 19:25

Hotdog says:

very nice shots

*goes out into storm

29th Jun 2005, 19:33

Sweetmags says:


29th Jun 2005, 19:34

mat says:


Place camera on tripod, point at area where lightning is happening, open shutter. Wait. Close shutter after a strike or two. Hope you get lucky. I did - seven OK shots off 12 frames of film. Sadly, many scratch marks from, I think, the camera body. RSI says no spending ages in photoshop cleaning them up, so they're a bit messy (fresh off the scanner tray, cropped and levelled and nothing more)

29th Jun 2005, 19:39

Hotdog says:

the still look great
would love to see them in their full screen glory

29th Jun 2005, 19:47

mat says:

There is none, I only scanned them at low-res, for speed and not having to spend ages touching up afterwards reasons.

29th Jun 2005, 19:50

Hotdog says:

I think you could get away with not touching up the scratches it gives the shot a more gritty feel

29th Jun 2005, 19:54

beth says:

medium format really is special.

29th Jun 2005, 20:28

anonymous says:

Great shots, really great, and the scratches add to them :)

29th Jun 2005, 21:53

Euphro says:

Anonymous was me :)

29th Jun 2005, 21:54

ladislav says:

Those are lovely.

29th Jun 2005, 23:21

Geodyne says:

The second and third shots - fabulous. It's inspiring me to try, the next time there's a storm.

30th Jun 2005, 01:55

mat says:

it's deceptively easy. You might want a wide-angle lens to increase your chances of getting a strike in frame.. I was using a 75mm on my medium format TLR, which works out to be roughly 40mm (I think. purely on guesswork, mind you) on a 35mm SLR.

My housemate shot a whole roll of colour on his SLR with a 28mm lens on, so there should be some great stuff on there when it's back from the lab..

30th Jun 2005, 01:59

Geodyne says:

*click* *save*

Definitely giving that a go next time we have a storm. Thanks for the tips.

30th Jun 2005, 02:01

distinctlyaverage says:

Fantastic stuff mat. really very good indeed.

30th Jun 2005, 18:17

bluebird660 says:

absolutely amazing shots.. very difficult to know when to take a photo..

1st Jul 2005, 18:54

kel says:

very cool.

2nd Jul 2005, 13:02

amy says:

i think these pictures are great and i am so jealous and i alo think you should keep p the good work......

10th Oct 2005, 09:56

amy says:

i am in photography now and i am using your pictures because they are so goodxxxxxx

10th Oct 2005, 09:58

amy, sum ita, praveen and harmeet says:

nah im only joking your pictures are rubbish and i have seen pictures that are alotbetter from .....amy, sumita, harmeet and praveen

10th Oct 2005, 10:02