Triple Threat

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I’ve had the Canon 5D Mark II since around February and while it’s obviously an awesome camera, it’s going to be a lot of fun when it comes to lightning photography. Fun not just in the lack of a lot of noise for long exposures, but also with the full sensor allowing you a lot more freedom in cropping.

Because of all those megapixels…it’s a lot easier to fix a shot when the lightning appears off-center and not in a good way. For example, this shot was taken with my wide angle when I really should have been using the 50mm or even the 85mm. But the storm had just come over top of the house so I left the camera under the umbrella outside shooting shot after shot, and didn’t realize how far it had gotten away from us before it was too late.

Either way, a little bit of a crop and boom, you’ve got this awesome triple-strike bolt that all seems to originate from one spot.

Goodness I can’t wait for monsoon season out here! Need me some storms, the boring blue sky and 106 degrees is killing me!

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 24mm, f/5.0, iso 100, 30 sec)

22 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    That is a great shot, and I really like how you can see the rain (or maybe a thin cloud) in front of the lighting at the top of the frame. Great capture 🙂

  2. Jason Hines
    Jason Hines says:

    I feel your pain Mike! Feels like it’s been a whole month of boring blue skies. This is the first time I’m looking forward to monsoon season. Great shot btw, I always love your lightning work.

  3. Kristi Hines
    Kristi Hines says:

    Awesome shot! And yes, please bring on the monsoons! There’s a bunch of places I want to go shoot, but all require some interesting action in the sky!

  4. murphyz
    murphyz says:

    I do enjoy your lightning shots. We have lots of rain here this week, and dull grey skies with nothing good coming out of it.

  5. Jan Winther
    Jan Winther says:

    Spectacular shot. Can never have enough lightning shots.

    We had a two hour lightning storm last weekend here and I thought I would get lucky – not just wet…, but in those two hours the lightning only hit the ground few times, it was all going on in the clouds which looks pretty awesome too – its just not the same.

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