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Offline DaleReid

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A few nights ago a series of individual cells with no surrounding clouds moved through about sunset.  My dog and I went out to 'feed the mosquitoes, amazing how many of those little devils there can be in a small area' and got a few interesting images.

I'll post a few. Hope they are entertaining.  Despite the flying critters it was a fun night. Near full moon was up high, illuminating the distant thunderheads and the lightning helped fill in the details.

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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 10:38:53 PM »
A few more
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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 10:40:31 PM »
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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 01:08:45 AM »
WOW, thanks for sharing :)
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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 06:56:46 AM »
Cool Lightning Cap's.

What did you take them with?

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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 07:14:43 AM »
Awesome Mammatus

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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2017, 07:40:57 AM »
Thanks for the compliments.  Like most pictures, being in the right place at the right time...

Phil, I have a now aging Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 28-300 lens.  On tripod, set to 28 mm, manual focus, with setting the lens to the mark on the distance where I have determined in daylight where infinity focus is (unfortunately the focus ring goes a little bit beyond, so just setting it all the way to infinity doesn't give perfect distance focus.  I set the camera to Program mode, wide open f/stop, and 16 seconds on the time.  I opened the shutter, and when the time was up, opened it again for about 300 or so shots.

I was fortunate to have almost continuous lightning although perhaps 1/2 to 3/4 of the shots were not 'interesting', but it wasn't film, only digital images so I didn't feel I wasted anything. 

My camera does have an intervalometer function so rather than have to push the shutter release all the time, I could have set that up, but I hadn't prepared, nor had I taken any readings before going out to determine a good interval to expose for, which is where the 16 seconds came from with early shots against the twilight sky, and I just didn't change them since the lightning provided about the same light as needed.

Far too often there are preceding showers and the view of the storms is obscured by rain or intervening clouds.  These isolated storms were a rare treat here (unlike the desert southwest where that is more of the norm, I understand).  That, along with the near full moon for extra light to highlight the clouds helped.  Hope this helps with getting you out there taking the photos when your conditions present.  Dale
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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 08:20:16 AM »
Very nice, unique. Definitely not boring. I agree with Cutty on the mammatus, the cloud being lit by lightning was excellent.

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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2017, 10:18:07 AM »
Nice Dale  =D>
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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2017, 05:46:06 PM »
Great pics! Looked like an opportunity to have seen some sprites if it was darker.

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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2017, 07:44:29 PM »
Very nice, unique. Definitely not boring. I agree with Cutty on the mammatus, the cloud being lit by lightning was excellent.

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Re: Some photos, hope they aren't boring or just some me-too stuff
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2017, 09:27:29 PM »
Greetings Dale,

Mammamtus Lightening I have never seen that either wowsers! thank you for taking the time to share with us.

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