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I'm working on a deal to land a Nikkor f2.8 28mm lens. Like my E series but wider angle. This will be used for all my lightning shots in the future. I've pretty well had it with trying to manually focus the 18-55 to infinity in the dark, and more often than not I'm at 24mm when shooting lightning anyway.

Might as well get a lens specifically suited to the job
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Yes, that investment should pay itself - quality wise. For ex. this is taken with 600D (not sure about the lens),



Settings are:

Exposure: 27
F number: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter speed: -2,14748e+009
Aperture: 6
focal length: 32

Unless you're more into "artistic" stuff like HDR ... some recent shots:


















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I really have no plans for HDR, at least not at the moment.

Here's what I got on my last lightning trip. Best I could do - there are a lot of abandoned buildings in this town, but if the lightning never gets that close I have to settle for what the storms give me.

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... but if the lightning never gets that close I have to settle for what the storms give me.
Naturally, you need some ... "luck" to shoot some good pics, but on the other hand, some folks are just a bit too lucky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKJu3qKh-Us

No worries ... everybody was OK after this was shot

Today again the same stuff ... big sets of thunder and unfortunately some heavy hail was falling pretty hard, so no new vids :/

As for taking good shots of thunder, the best I've seen were taken from elevated closed locations/houses (on top of hills or mountains).

You cover a lot more with a couple of hundred feet of high ground - of course taking care of your safety first

In any case, you'll get better at this, it's more about patience and experience, then about some high-end equipment.
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Keep in mind you haven't seen my best shots yet - I have a few extremely close lightning shots I'm saving for the "I want money for these" phase of things

Right now, my biggest problem is getting to the storms to get the best shots. Chasing costs money, and I don't have a lot of that. That abandoned house shot is what you get when you can't afford to go to the next town over where the real fun was. But I'm happy with it regardless.

At any rate, our lightning season is probably done. Could be wrong, but we'll see. Next year, I'll be working more on getting lightning with buildings, lakes, or other interesting stuff. It gets rather boring to shoot it over flat open prairie.
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I have a new favorite lens - my just arrived Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AI.

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Very nice. Do you have a link to a larger version? I'd like to include it in my desktop carousal.
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Nope - I'm hoping to start selling this stuff soon. Can't give all the nice ones away
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Folks, the T. St-Hilaire house:



This is located about 15 minutes east of me, and is probably going to see me a few more times next year for storm photography. I'm also making plans to head out there this evening should the aurora borealis decide to give us a show.

Already had a few people ask me for the full sized original of this shot. Fortunately, I'm getting close to setting up my Zenfolio account so people can get their hands on it. Pretty soon, I hope to be making a little cash on the side so I can afford to keep doing this power supply reviewing stuff. When I get that set up, y'all will be the first to know.
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Had call to use the quiet shutter release for the very first time today. Meet my uninvited guest who couldn't stop waking me up all night:



This is ISO 6400 by the way with my 50mm.

I have a Zenfolio account now for all my storm pictures - link is in sig.
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