I decided to go o the Sunshine Skyway Bridge hoping to get some great shots of the bridge at night with the trailing lights of the cars going up and down......however that did not work out to well seeing how I could not get the right spot without getting completely wet and risking my equipment.
So after a few feeble attempts I looked to the left....in the far distance a storm was brewing...and getting close by the minute.....it did not take long before lightning was hitting the Tampa Skyline so I starting shooting......the one was the best one of all!
I love the lightning above the clouds and shooting out below.....the sky was an orange red which just added more drama to the photographs. I hope you enjoy!
This shot was a little difficult...and a bit creepy to get.
There is an abandoned house behind us, teenagers like to go party there, anyways one night I thought I would shine my flashlight over there to see what was going on.....no teenagers....but....something....."somethings"......hanging from the orange tree back there!!!
Well I knew immediately they were spiders!!! Good size ones too!!....back in my house to get the camera and over the fence I go with a flashlight in one hand and my camera in another...it was dark...creepy....and it felt like they were crawling all over me.....they probably were.
Shine the flashlight just right.....get a few pictures and try not to scare them since they would crawl back up the tree if I did..20 minutes later and a bit creeped out and back over the fence I went...WHEW!!!
Upload to my iMAC (Love my iMac by the way!) and here is the result......did some research after crawling all around them to see what kind of spiders they were....Orb Weavers....harmless!! Hope you Enjoy!
My first Blog post for my New Website!
How I do My Lightning Photos......First I waited for a storm far in the distance so I would not get fried!
Basically I focused just a few hairs shy of infinity, then switched my shutter speed to "bulb" @f/11 and an ISO of 200 - 400
I used my 18-105 lens for these shots.
I shot from a tripod and had a remote shutter release cord, turned off my VR, pointed my Nikon towards the storm and I just kept taking 5 - 6 second exposures, one right after the other.
I know there are "Lightning Triggers" you can get for a camera but this was a lot cheaper and I think I got some pretty good results. (This was my first real attempt at capturing lightning.) I hope you like them!
Just remember if your going to try this make sure the storm is well passed you, or that great shot you get may be your LAST!!
And don't forget to turn off your VR when camera is on the tripod.....I forget all the time!!
Love photography. Camera usually does not leave my side when I travel. Love learning new tricks and working with fellow photographers. Please leave a comment or ask anything you like with regards to photography of course!