Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Classic Western Storm

Here's a recent summer thunderstorm photo taken from our front yard - this is straight out of the camera, no editing.
I love these Western American skies - you're literally looking through the base of the thunderstorm. And it's my Skywatch Friday entry for the week. And I'm also linking it to ein stück himmel (a piece of heaven).

I often get questions on how I get lightning photos. This one was taken around sunset. I used an ND-4 filter, which simply darkens everything without changing the colors, allowing me to take a longer exposure to increase the chances of capturing a lightning flash (this one was 4 seconds long). I shut the aperture down to f/8.0; I don't normally like such a small aperture on a digital camera because it starts to soften everything, but it allowed a longer exposure which is the key for lightning photos. I live an area where we get frequent thunderstorms. And most importantly, I stayed safe, the storm was further away than it looks.

30 comments:

  1. What a fantastic, awesome capture, Al!! That is one dramatic sky! Hope your week is going well! Give Socks a pat for Sam and me!

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  2. Hi Al...I am not fond of thunder storm, but I have no chose in the matter when they happen...well I do hide under the bed ; }!!
    Stunning shot of amazing phenomenal happening!!
    Grace

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  3. Fabulous! =) It sure is looking closer to the houses! I imagine after having followed you quite a long time, that you have a lot of western-storm with lightening and thundering!

    And you do it so well, behind the camera! :)

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  4. Awesome shot. This perfectly captures the mood.

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  5. Wow,Al -what a fantastic piece of heaven!I love it!Great photo!Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Fantastic photograph, beautiful and ominous face of the nature. I am greeting

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  7. This is fabulous! Great photo!

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  8. Great moment captured. I too love thunderstorms both the noise and the flashes!

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  9. Cool captures of the lightning, Al! Fantastic photo. Happy skywatching!

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  10. Wow! What a wonderfully precise shot! Very nice

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  11. Great capture, and thanks very much for the explanation on how you went about getting it! I look forward to trying my hand at this some day...

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  12. Awesome shot Al, and of course capturing lightning during the daytime is far harder than capturing it at night. Without that ND filter you basically have no hope in capturing it. I will seriously have to put an ND filter on my list of purchases for the future. Thanks for sharing:)

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  13. Great shot of this dramatic weather. A fantastic photo indeed.

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  14. Amazing shot!
    Enjoy the weekend:-)

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  15. Great shot! The composition of adding the houses into the frame was spot on!!
    Wollreflections

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  16. Love the storm!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your technique! I have been thinking of getting a neutral density filter to try one of those eerie water shots...

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  18. Wow, stunning, a terrific shot.
    Love greetings, Karin

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  19. fantastic sooc sky! thanks for sharing with us :)

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  20. Love a good thunderstorm! Fantastic capture! Happy SkyWatch Friday!

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  21. You always took wonderful lightning photos, Al!
    Thanks for the explanation.

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  22. · You are very lucky. You've been in the exact moment when the ray fell. Great shot.

    · hugs

    CR· & ·LMA
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  23. Magnifica foto e grande colpo di fortuna !!!
    Buona domenica :)
    Myriam

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