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It was a dark and stormy night....

I shot about 1000 photos last night.  I'm highly impressed with the battery life of this camera.

Only a dozen or so of the shots came out decently.  I had put the camera into continuous drive mode and just started shooting hundreds of shots at a time, hoping to catch a bolt of lightning.

We got about 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) of rain last night, and the thunder and lightning lasted from before midnight until at least 7 or 8 in the morning.

This picture was taken at about 1 am!


We were under a Tornado Watch earlier today, but it just expired a couple minutes ago without much fanfare.  There are a bunch of Tornado Warnings to the south around the Nebraska/Kansas/Missouri/Iowa borders.


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Aug. 9th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Oooh. Lightning is fun to shoot. I was doing some of that the other night. What I did was I kept the ISO low, and took ten-second or so exposures with the tripod. Close down the aperture a bit too, to prevent overexposure. Since the lightning is only momentary, a few flashes shouldn't overexpose the shot. Mine actually came out pretty decent.

These cameras usually are pretty good for battery life when you are not using the flash at all.
Aug. 9th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
I'll have to try that next time a storm comes through.

Part of the problem was that most of the "lightning" was just flashes of light reflecting off the clouds (sheet lightning), so most of the shots I took were just white flashes. There were very few actual visible bolts.

I discovered the camera was defaulting to ISO-64, so I was mostly getting black. I tried dropping the ISO down to 1600 and I started getting better images, but they were of course quite grainy.

Unfortunately, the maximum exposure on this camera is 4 seconds. It doesn't have a Bulb mode like my film camera.
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