Bob Legg  

Distractions by Bob Legg

September 2020 - Distractions

About the Image(s)

I thought this image had lots of distractions depending on what you liked or didn’t like. This was taken from my deck on June 23 around 9:15. I saw these clouds billowing and flashes of lighting inside the clouds. So I kept on shooting. Camera was on my tripod, the lens was 28-300 set at 32mm. Exposure was for 10 sec at f5.6 and my iso was 160. I got very lucky as this was the only lightning bolt that was significant and it pretty much stayed in the frame. I keep on shooting 10-20 sec exposures for lighting in hopes of catching the action.

13 comments posted

Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Hello Bob,

I have just been assigned this group and looked at your image yesterday. I want to give good constructive input. I can imagine how awesome it was to see this storm rolling in at near sunset.After some pondering you might want to have used your zoom out closer and then have cropped the area to where your lightening emanates through that cloud illuminating it . Because that is the biggest interest area and the rest of the clouds are just filling up the frame... you may have even flipped the image so the lightening is coming into the shot not out of it leading the eye away out of the frame. Hope this helps you to see it differently. I love clouds and the changeable nature of them.   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:21:06

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Hi Kathleen. Welcome to our group. We appreciate the ideas you will bring.
In regard to this image I framed for the cloud to be the focus of the image and to shoot between two groups of trees to the right and left. I've tossed many images but was shooting this developing storm cloud for 15 min before as it headed towards me and another 21 after the lightening struck. There was no reason to include the trees or non interesting clouds/sky. I disagree with your idea of cropping the lightening bolt where it goes thru the lower cloud. Per the attached the image yes, the lightening leads your eye into the image but the tails of the cloud on the upper right still leads your eye out. At least my version brings your eye out at the bottom corner. If I cropped the lightning as you described the image has a deminished impact, people saying too bad you didn't get the rest of the lightning and to include the interesting cloud as the lightning goes thru it, you are left with a cropped fork coming back into the frame. I can agree with you idea of the flip and lightening coming in from the bottom left, but definitely not to cropping the lightning.   Posted: 09/04/2020 14:24:03
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hi Bob.

A very interesting color (toning) that was either natural or added in post-production - in any case, really very cool. The Tree-line adds a perfect point of perspective as it relates to distance and scope of the field of view...i really like this idea, too!

However, the main part of the image (actually the entire field of view) except for the lightening bolt, is very blurred due the timed-exposure - and though I love experimenting with "Bulb" this does not work, Bob: the Distraction of the large blurred portion of the frame is made even more noticeable with the contrasting, extremely "sharp", lighting bolt in the lower fact, this part of the frame is Spectacular! As Kathleen already suggested, I would at least Crop out the Lighting bolt and save-as a separate photograph - assuming the the main image has enough resolution to do this successfully.

Wondering, was there vibration on the deck...perhaps if you or someone moved during Exposure that may have added to the blurriness?? Just a thought.

Alternatively, perhaps a faster shutter speed (and higher ISO) - triggered remotely (or via timer) may have rendered additional frames with a different outcome.

I am sure there will be more opportunities as we head through fall and again in spring to experiment with this - especially having this wonderful view fro your Deck.

  Posted: 09/06/2020 16:15:26
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks for stopping in Lance. Yes, I had about taken quite a few, but have trashed many of them. Yes during the early part of storm development there was less movement in the clouds. But those also had less color and no lightning inside of the cloud. I have some with much smaller lightning (cloud to cloud type) but this was the only bolt that came to the ground. These were taken from the concrete portion of the deck so definitely no motion. I don't have an issue with the cloud movement. That's what clouds do and more so at night because of longer exposures. Stop by another month as I'll be putting up another image taken after this one that shows a positive result of more but less blur.   Posted: 09/06/2020 20:22:30
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
.....I agree....the motion is expected, but without any "Bolts" within the main portion of the frame (within the main portion of the clouds) the movement is "alone" and not productive, in my opinion.

But indeed, it is natural and I always like that. Can't wait to see more of this type of work from your deck next month.

Very cool series of work, Bob. :)   Posted: 09/09/2020 06:17:56

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I like to play around with mirrored and combined images. How is this?   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:12:47
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Looks like something from an old Flash Gordon serial when I was a kid. I   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:22:49
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
That's pretty good Stephen. I wouldn't of thought about doing this for lightning. I've just tried it a couple times but I'll have to give it a try. Thanks   Posted: 09/06/2020 20:01:30

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Bob, I thought the title of your image intimated that the lightening was a distraction, not the subject of your image. For me the coloring of the clouds is the eye-grabber. I think looking at it this way, the lightening is intended to lead our eyes out of the image. I like it!   Posted: 09/14/2020 12:38:35

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Yes, the lightning came as a distraction to the nice cloud colors by leading the eye out of the image. Yes, by flipping it leads your eyes into the composition.   Posted: 09/14/2020 13:12:40

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Bob, You made good use of staying home! The color is very nice and lightening is tough, but at least more doable with digital than with film! This may not be a big winner, but I like it due to the color and added interest from the lightening. I don't think I have ever managed to get any in a picture. The lightening triggers are expensive so it is better just to keep shooting.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:21:34

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Very nice lightening shot. The colors are great.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:32:58

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Cool shot! I have never tried to capture lightning and it probably is not easy. The tone is right on, it makes for a dramatic image. I am guessing the clouds were moving pretty fast, I just wish they had been less blurry but the the lightening effect would not have been as it is. Great image.   Posted: 09/20/2020 14:30:11


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