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    Default First ever lightning shots!

    The normal trick is to take shot after shot with long exposures and hope to get the shot. However I bought a device called a pluto trigger. It has multiple modes and one such mode is activation based on a large increase of light... it is actually called "lightning mode".

    Set it to go and just left it. The minute a lightning bolt strikes, the trigger detects it and fires the camera off.

    First ever attempt and BOOM!!!






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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    Good stuff, we had sheet lightning here, first time i've ever seen that here, though it's more common in Italy.

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    Cheers dude. Normally, lightning is hidden behind the clouds so rarely see a fork but got lucky last night

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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    good stuff
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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    That’s excellent , love the purple colouring
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    Cheers guys

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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!



    A friend of mine got this one in Coventry which i thought was cool

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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    Both pics are brilliant. But on both occasions I think they would have been even better with the use of a well aimed sling shot at those street lights...lol

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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    Fantastic image there Pratman. One of the things I learned is that I'd not left the shutter open for long enough. It was only open for 0.5 seconds, I'd not used pre-focus (so slight delay in taking the shot) and of course, it closed the shutter before the full strike had finished. A bit of a learning curve but hopefully, I'll be better prepared for the next opportunity

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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    Quote Originally Posted by dpSparhawk View Post
    Fantastic image there Pratman. One of the things I learned is that I'd not left the shutter open for long enough. It was only open for 0.5 seconds, I'd not used pre-focus (so slight delay in taking the shot) and of course, it closed the shutter before the full strike had finished. A bit of a learning curve but hopefully, I'll be better prepared for the next opportunity
    Lol like I said it was a mate who took this shot but I really liked it so thought I would share it. I do wish I could be prepared and ready to take these shots and get the timing right. One day I hope.


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    Default Re: First ever lightning shots!

    hahah I knew it was your mate . Still a fantastic shot

    To be honest, taking shots of lightning, realistically, doesn't need you to be good at timing. If you know a storm is due, get set up for it. Trying to manually take the shot will result in a failure. You need to either use an intervalometer and set it to simply take shot after shot after shot by itself which is viable but can result in either the start of a strike missed, the end or for the most part, a complete miss. Of course there would be a time when you would definitely catch the strike.

    However, if you have something like the Pluto trigger, then it is capable of pre-focusing (which I forgot to enable) and opening the shutter almost instantaneously that it detects the strike. I just need to have the correct exposure settings on the camera next time. Then it's something you can just set and forget. Once the trigger is commanded (by the phone app) what it needs to do, it'll just do it until it's stopped and you can just leave the camera to it.

    There's a group on FB for Pluto Trigger users and there are some crazy good lightning shots knocking about

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