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Old 05-27-20, 10:45 PM
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Nature's Fireworks

Staying up late due to violent thunderstorms so far it has been a miss. Trying to get a photo of natureís power but my camera is too slow. Making sure my cattle donít get zapped lol I like bar b q but prepared on the pit. Post some photos of natureís fury being a thunderstorm a tornado or a hurricane or anything that is a natural occurrence. I think it would be a cool thread. All other critters are in a safe shelter but every time it goes BOOM those beagles go berserk the cats just stretch and say ...
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Old 05-28-20, 06:42 AM
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You can't time lightning for a photo shot. You have to have a shutter that you can hold open and close when you capture what you want to capture.
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I remember seeing some great displays in the sky when I was a kid in Texas... along with that "feeling" when there might be a tornado.

Saw some cool lightning in Arizona skies in the summer one year... and Florida too. Have seen lightning strike the ground in Florida... I think that is the nation's capitol for lightning.

My favorite lightning displays are with a setting sun, silhouetting the clouds, and lightning in the foreground... Now that's some fireworks... with color. And I bet difficult to capture camera wise... so many different sources of light.
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Unless you can get lucky you need to use long exposure, typically Bulb stetting where you can keep shutter open as long as you want manually with remote shutter release. With a low iso and stopped down you set exposure for the super bright lightning and even with a long exposure the night time dark surroundings won't be over exposed.

Or you can get a bit lucky. This was a 1/30s exposure. I was in the middle of lifting my camera up to put it on the tripod and saw a flash so hit the shutter - didn't even have my eye on the viewfinder.
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This is from my backyard in 2003 when I was experimenting. 15 second exposure.

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Long exposure or time lapse mode. Now that the world is digital, shooting 300 exposures only costs review time.
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Hail on the way in a few minutes.



Don’t need hail damage but what can you do? Mother Nature is angry.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Staying up late due to violent thunderstorms so far it has been a miss. Trying to get a photo of natureís power but my camera is too slow. Making sure my cattle donít get zapped lol I like bar b q but prepared on the pit. Post some photos of natureís fury being a thunderstorm a tornado or a hurricane or anything that is a natural occurrence. I think it would be a cool thread. All other critters are in a safe shelter but every time it goes BOOM those beagles go berserk the cats just stretch and say ...
Just making it clear that I'm not going against the grain here. I don't have any lightning photos.

Couple of undercast days. Also called inversions because it's cold and crappy below, but if you can get up high enough you break out into the sun.





^ It's not a lake in the middle, that's thick fog that lasted the entire day. I hit it on the way back to the trailhead.
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Just making it clear that I'm not going against the grain here. I don't have any lightning photos.

Couple of undercast days. Also called inversions because it's cold and crappy below, but if you can get up high enough you break out into the sun.





^ It's not a lake in the middle, that's thick fog that lasted the entire day. I hit it on the way back to the trailhead.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Hail on the way in a few minutes.



Donít need hail damage but what can you do? Mother Nature is angry.
Is that storm bad enough to get Texans to head to the liquor store?
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Fire on Cashmere Mtn. USFS rangers were flown up in helicopters to collect hikers' keys and move their cars to safety. The hikers were on their own to go 15 miles to the nearest road and hitchhike into town. Sure beats the alternative!

(Hitchhiking is considered 100% safe on a few roads and standard practice for hikers.)

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Aurora borealis. Cold night camping just below Slate Peak in July. Every time I took off my gloves, if I was talking my voice would have gone up an octave.

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I’m right off 173 going to be a good storm. Some excitement LOL
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Aurora borealis. Cold night camping just below Slate Peak in July. Every time I took off my gloves, if I was talking my voice would have gone up an octave.

Kind of rare that far south? I understand sometimes in northern Minnesota you can see the northern lights.
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I think the two posted here are the only lightning photos I've ever taken. Not something I've focused on.


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No hail that is good. The storm missed and started to die. What a flop! actually I’m glad I don’t need hail damage and downed trees and no electricity. Got enough rain already. Now bring on that heat and humidity...
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[QUOTE=noisebeam;21502800]I think the two posted here are the only lightning photos I've ever taken. Not something I've focused on.

I always liked traveling in Arizona seeing a full thunderstorm miles away is cool for a weather geek like myself. I had to divert off I 10 because a sand storm haboobs I think you call them right? I wouldnít want to have got caught in that.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Kind of rare that far south? I understand sometimes in northern Minnesota you can see the northern lights.
I've only ever seen them that one time, at least as far as I know. It just looked like a gray fog. The camera is way more sensitive than the eye, especially with a long exposure. I've chased after a lot of aurora forecasts that didn't pan out. I've wanted to go to Norway or Alaska to see them since before I can remember, but you have to do it in or near winter, it never gets dark enough that far north in the summer time. Would really love to see them dancing in the sky above.
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I was in Buenos Aires for a massive hailstorm July 2006. It was truly terrifying with some hailstones the size of a tennis ball and most golf ball size We were at the zoo and everyone rushed to huddle under a tree or other shelter.. People were screaming. All the greenhouse windows were smashed as were some car windows. I should dig up some pictures, but I recall none were during the main storm as we were trying to stay safe. I read they just had an even worse one in the last month.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I think the two posted here are the only lightning photos I've ever taken. Not something I've focused on.


Fantastic!

Here's some virga. Looks like you have some just left of center too.

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Yep. Better image of the virga form the same time.



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Although it may not be virga as it looks like the rain is hitting ground. That would be called a precipitation shaft. But there is some virga mixed in there

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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post

I always liked traveling in Arizona seeing a full thunderstorm miles away is cool for a weather geek like myself. I had to divert off I 10 because a sand storm haboobs I think you call them right? I wouldn’t want to have got caught in that.
When I was young, got caught a couple of times in Fort Worth by sand storms... This would be in the early 60's. They were incredibly blinding; go from yellow sky to brown to just dust everywhere. Don't recall any as I got older.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
Yep. Better image of the virga form the same time.



It's amazing how this only happens at sunrise and sunset isn't it?
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This after a the storm that made the first lightning bolt image. Daylight WB meaning the color is not exaggerated.



I have some dust storm images I need to dig up but usually try to protect the camera gear.
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