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TurboR1
22-02-2006, 11:31 AM
The sun sets on a hot day
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9798.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9819.jpg

The clouds give a hint of what is to come
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9844.jpg

Sun down and all looks calm
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9854.jpg

And then.....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9909.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9905.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9900.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9932.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9927.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9918.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9931.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_0035.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9932.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9970.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9983.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9979.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9991.jpg

tigerleo
22-02-2006, 11:44 AM
This pic looks superb! Absolutely love the colour:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9854.jpg


Great shots of the lightning - the last few shots look pretty scary :blink:

How did you mange to time the shots of the lightning? I would imagine you would need to anticipate it to some degree.

Also, what sort of exposures were you using?

:thumbsup:

djnitrous
22-02-2006, 11:52 AM
Orsm stuff. Why didn't you call me out damn it!

Foofie Foofie
22-02-2006, 11:57 AM
Im with you on that Leo , that shot is superb !!!!!! (they all are great, but that one is the bomb as it would be called in the ghetto)

CRB
22-02-2006, 11:59 AM
Nice pics Robin.

Your going to have to teach me how to use a camera one day...

dugy
22-02-2006, 12:07 PM
Orsm stuff. Why didn't you call me out damn it!
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^^WHS^^ :tongue:

Slice
22-02-2006, 12:12 PM
Awesome Shots!

Tigerleo I think you shoot lightning by keeping the shutter open for a long period.....thats why the road has streaks of light...from all the car headlights

tigerleo
22-02-2006, 12:20 PM
Awesome Shots!

Tigerleo I think you shoot lightning by keeping the shutter open for a long period.....thats why the road has streaks of light...from all the car headlights
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Certainly with the night shots without the lightning and with the streaking of the headlights - more curious as to the shots of the lightning itself as lightning is bright and it does move therefore too long exposures would result in it being very fuzzy I would have thought.

TheonlyNinjabitches
22-02-2006, 12:21 PM
ive got a lightning and or fireworks function on my camera makes it easy to take awsome shots

TurboR1
22-02-2006, 12:23 PM
Tips for taking lightning shots.
Set up the camera on a tripod and point the camera roughly to wards the storm, get it focused on at least one building. Set your camera to one of its smallest aperture openings to increase your focal range as much as possible and take shots in long exposure sections... pic after pic after pic.... in total that night i took about 150-200 pics 40 of them had lightning... but it was a very predictable storm... most times you will get maybe 5 shots from every 100 or so if your lucky

Most of these pics were taken using between 15 to 30secs, and the wind did affect some shots as it was whipping up the neck strap which I later secured, Focus was set to Auto, and one focus point (out of 7) was given priority. However due to the low light the camera often does a focus sweep when the shutter button is half depressed (on its way to becomeing fully depressed) and as i was not checking the focus each time, I was just exposing shot after shot, there is some slight variation in focus between shots. The pic with lightning next to the Telstra building is a prime example, luckily the auto focus only cost me one photo as I tried to pick a bright object to focus on, most of the time this was QV1... it worked great until they started to switch off their lights.

shrike
22-02-2006, 12:31 PM
Long exposure would be the only way to do it. That's why everything looks bright, neon signs are illegible blobs and the roads are streaky instead of car-filled.

I'd say TigerLeo's favourite would be somwhere between 5-10 seconds exposure at... maybe f/8?

tigerleo
22-02-2006, 12:49 PM
Tips for taking lightning shots.
Set up the camera on a tripod and point the camera roughly to wards the storm, get it focused on at least one building. Set your camera to one of its smallest aperture openings to increase your focal range as much as possible and take shots in long exposure sections... pic after pic after pic.... in total that night i took about 150-200 pics 40 of them had lightning... but it was a very predictable storm... most times you will get maybe 5 shots from every 100 or so if your lucky
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Thanks for that:

OK - use a tripod (naturally) - but I imagine it was quite windy last night hence the images still being a tad blurred even on the tripod?

Yes a small aperture to increase the focal range/depth of field - but what sort of the shutter speeds? 15 sec, 10 sec, 1 sec? (I am specifically interested in the lightning shots and not the general night time images.)

Interesting that the lightning looks so sharp in some of the pics yet the buildings themselves look soft. Were you using a manual focus setting to focus on the buildings or prefocusing the auto focus lense?

And OK, you had to take heaps of shots to capture the lightning - that was what I would think you would need to do, but wasn't certain whether you just had lightning quick reflexes! :biggrin:

doogie
22-02-2006, 04:52 PM
They are some awesome shots I tried to capture light once but with a 35mm SLR it gets a little expensive when you get nothing but black sky...

They were taken with the 350d right?

The Lady Di
22-02-2006, 04:56 PM
Thanks Heaps for these.

The only time I seem to change my desktop lately is when nature does something spectacular and you get pics of it.

:biggrin:

TurboR1
22-02-2006, 05:01 PM
They were taken with the 350d right?
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:thumbsup: (that's a yes)

Fastgirl
22-02-2006, 05:43 PM
Beautiful Robin. I love lightening storms. :thumbsup:

Dingo
22-02-2006, 11:55 PM
Very Nice mr Robin Sah!

How substantial is your tripod? mines not stable enough in stiff winds on its own.

djnitrous
23-02-2006, 12:05 AM
The only photo of lightning I've ever taken was in 2004. Haven't been out since.....
This was taken from my front door at home.

http://liveamp.duncraig.net/david/photos/IMG_9557.jpg

Deadlywpn
23-02-2006, 07:15 AM
Sweet shots..

We fly back home on the red eye last night and flew through the storms, Bugger the roller coasters at the theme park, for about 10 minutes on the plane it was like the big drop @ dreamworld up and then whoosh down ! pitty i missed the show here :(

Great pics though dude..

Wightbear
28-01-2007, 11:47 PM
Sweet pics.

Still can't go past the Kalgoorlie storms of 2000 though for some really decent shots, I've got this one framed on the wall at home :-
Kalgoorlie fury (http://www.goldencity.com.au/lightning/fury.html)

Arwon
29-01-2007, 12:26 AM
awesome set there Turbo, i love the shot of perth before it went bad. I have a similar shot from same place from 12 years ago , will be good to compare.

Keep it up.

locknut
29-01-2007, 12:52 AM
Excellent I do love good picks . I say next storm we all go and chase it .There are enough of us who have an interest in cameras lets do something ?....................... I don't know what ever.....

Dazza996
29-01-2007, 03:46 AM
AWESOME PICS!!!! Thanks for sharing them with us :thumbsup:

Duke996
29-01-2007, 03:49 AM
Shit hot pics Turbo, thanks for posting them for all to see.

Mattis
29-01-2007, 04:26 AM
Some damn nice photos there indeed, think I just found my new desktop background.


The clouds give a hint of what is to come
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/turbor1/aIMG_9844.jpg[/b]

I woke up last night (I was sleeping all day due to finishing a night shift that morning) and walked out the front when the sky looked like this and it spun me out big time.

jules_1972
29-01-2007, 07:50 AM
Awesome pics.....

Jus
t cant seem to get the timing right to snap a lightening shot with the old Polaroid!!!

Thanks for sharing.

lee
29-01-2007, 07:54 AM
Noice work Robin!

Might have to give this storm photography stuff a go if it keeps up

maya
29-01-2007, 08:26 AM
Has anyone got pix of the storm on Australia Day this year?

Triple Treat
29-01-2007, 09:55 AM
Wild pics there TurboR1! :)





Has anyone got pix of the storm on Australia Day this year?[/b]

That would be so cool, fireworks, lightning and the city of lights backdrop all in one.

XSorXpire
29-01-2007, 10:04 AM
has anyone picked up the fact these pics were taken last year?

locknut
29-01-2007, 10:07 AM
has anyone picked up the fact these pics were taken last year?[/b]



yeah but ive not seen them before and they are good

maya
29-01-2007, 10:33 AM
has anyone picked up the fact these pics were taken last year?[/b]
Yes Mr XS I have :P hence i asked if we had any pix from THIS year.
And they're right here (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=1162604443)

Triple Treat
29-01-2007, 10:36 AM
has anyone picked up the fact these pics were taken last year?[/b]


I wasn't thinking that but thought something was strange because as Turbo was unhappy about missing the Aus weekender ride due to being away... :huh:

xphread
29-01-2007, 10:49 AM
Has anyone got pix of the storm on Australia Day this year?[/b]
Mate and I watched the fireworks from Reabold(?) hill.

Could see the Fireworks of Hillaries, Midland, Armadale, and either Freo or Rockingham.... (Freo I think)
as well as a good view of the central show with the buildings and anything that was above kings park height.

Turned around at the end to leave and nature won hands down in terms of skyshows.
stuck around for another 30 mins watching up to 5 strikes a second over the ocean.
Unfortunately this was my mates first attempt at lightning pics, and they all turned out a bit blurry.

This one was OK - but certainly doesnt do it justice compared to being there.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/xphread/LightningOzday07.jpg