Lightning Strike

Justin Gallagher

July 5th, 2006

We had a storm the other day and I took around 60 shots trying to capture the lightning. This was the only one that came out. It looks pretty fake, but it’s the real thing. Lightning striking a building in midtown. Despite the storm, it was still fairly bright out, so my method was to use a really small aperture so that the exposure time would be fairly long. Then, I used auto exposure bracketing at + and - 1/3 of a stop so that the camera would take 3 consecutive shots each time I pressed the shutter. Anyone have any good tips for shooting lightning?

Great capture. Lighting is hard enough to capture during the night, and you did it during the day! Good job.

EssPea | PhotographyJuly 5th, 2006

Decisive moment!

tetsuJuly 5th, 2006

that’s just awesome

Henry — July 6th, 2006

I just noticed you can see the faint little ”feeler” bolts leading off of the main bolt of lightning. That’s really cool. The fact that this image only garnered 3 comments (and now mine) is a crime. Nice capture, Justin!

TullyDecember 16th, 2007

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