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There were a number of showers and thunderstorms during my October 2007 visit to the Davis Mountains. The montage above shows 9 of the best strikes I captured. Images are from the storm on 10/6/2007, about 1/2 hour after sunset. Some of the earlier images show the lingering twilight. Scroll down to see some of these as high resolution images.
Lightning Photo Data: Nikon D200, 10-20 seconds, 18-200 VR lens at 34mm and others, f8-f16, ISO 100.
The hardest thing about lightning pictures, aside from finding a good view of the lightning, is getting a sharp focus in the dark. Modern auto-focus lenses don't have a fixed infinity mark. I pre-focused on a distant hillside while it was still light, then was careful not to alter focus as I shot the storm over the course of an hour. I shot 97 exposures, with 7 shots showing decent to excellent lightning and 3 showing marginal lightning.
Lightning Picture above from Davis Mountains, TX, May 20, 2004. Nikon D100 DSLR, Tokina 28-70 lens @ 70mm, 4.5 sec, f10, ISO 200.
the West Texas Astronomy Pictures - that's what I was really trying to shoot!
405 Seconds of the Storm.
Nikon D100 camera, Nikon 17-35 ED f2.8 lens @ f5, 35mm zoom setting, ISO 200.
Above from my 2011 Davis Mountains trip. Unfortunately, the lightning sparked a fire. See pictures and more info at this link.
Above from 10/2007 trip. You can still see the last hint of twilight on the lower left part of the picture. To me, this looks like two lightning bolts walking to the right.
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I also have a time-lapse movie of this storm blowing up: Time Lapse: Nikon D750 & Storm Blowing Up over Blue Mountain. This was shot with the Nikon D810A camera, Nikon/Nikkor 24-120mm VR lens at 24mm, f22, 1/125, ISO 1600.
Thunder on the Beach
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