Becca Cambridge  

Lightning Strike by Becca Cambridge

June 2020 - Lightning Strike

June 2020 - Becca Cambridge


About the Image(s)

Shot through bedroom window. That's about the only place I've traveled to this month...well, really since March. Caught this cloud to cloud lightning using intervalometer set at 10 second intervals. 15 second exposure @ f/1.7, ISO 200, 20 mm focal length, auto white balance, center weighted average metering mode. Not a
composite so when the second bolt appeared in post processing I was surprised. Post processed I think in On1, adjusted magenta down, noise down, cloned out a spot and cropped.

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8 comments posted

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Your use of the intervalometer to get a series of images over time, so that you could select the best to use was a very good idea, it remove a fairly boring few minutes keeping pressing the shutter. I like your post processing, the darkening of the sky has really made the lightning stand out. Often looking at long exposures we can see details that we have missed with the naked eye because they are relatively faint and/or constantly moving a small amount.   Posted: 06/12/2020 05:37:50

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
That lightening is too close for comfort to me. I especially like the second lightening streak. It gives me an eerie feeling.   Posted: 06/12/2020 18:10:41

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Your processing has had a huge effect. The framing between the trees works well and the sky colour is great.   Posted: 06/13/2020 02:53:00

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Good catch! I can tell that you really worked on trying to get the photo; and I'm curious how to use a velometer - I think mine is built into my camera.
  Posted: 06/21/2020 11:52:12
Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Yes, it is built into the camera. It's basically a timer that takes a snap at a designated shooting interval you want and the number of snaps you want to take. So, if the intervalometer is set at a 5 second interval for 300 images, you get an image every 5 second until it stops when it reaches 300 images. Of course, you have to have your camera settings ready. Basically you can set it up and walk away. I've used it for star trails but I really like it for lightning.   Posted: 06/22/2020 16:58:57
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thanks! I have used it for star trails too, but wasn't aware that is what it was called - and never thought about lightening. We don't get lightening very often in Seattle, or if we do, you get drenched!   Posted: 06/22/2020 18:30:18

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Your processing worked nicely for this image, good job.
I love photographing lightning and your technique is spot on!   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:25:41

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
A "striking" image. Well done. My only comment: remove that vague lighting strike above the main one as it does not add to the overall image.   Posted: 06/29/2020 12:15:21