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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Lightning by MiniCray
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March 11th, 2009

Storm in the night. Gironde, France. August, 2008.

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Posted By: Bikram
about 6 years, 4 months ago
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Posted By: stubulman
about 6 years, 4 months ago
I think most people are fascinated by lightning. It inspires both awe and fear. Here in the Mid-Atlantic states of the US we don't get the summer storms that I remember as a youth. I loved watching the fiery bolts traverse the sky and wait for the resounding thunder that followed--the louder the better. Thanks for a nice shot.
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Posted By: Tim H.
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Whoa, this is the 2nd lightning wallpaper here on IFL, and this is quite a spectacular one. As soon as I saw it, I immediately went to the full-size version and gave it to Wallpaper Master's rotation. I love the color and the quality of it too! Thank you for submitting it, and I'm really glad IFL posted it.
Posted By: 8bitbob
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Electrifying!!! :)
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Posted By: Barton
about 6 years, 4 months ago
This must be a dumb question, but I've always wondered how you take a picture if this, it can't be just quick reflexes... can it?
Posted By: trout
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Barton: If you haven't tried it already, go ahead and Google it. I just did (because your question got me to wondering the same thing), and there are plenty of articles on the subject.
Posted By: BetWinston
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Nice piece! I'm glad you submitted this, i need something to fire me up!
Posted By: Tim H.
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Barton: it's a longer exposure. I am assuming this because that's one of the Keywords for this piece. @8bitbob: aw man. I wish I had thought of that. lol nice comment! :)
Posted By: Tim H.
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Oh wait, I almost forgot to say that I get a real CHARGE out of this one! It's also quite a shocking image!
Posted By: MiniCray
about 6 years, 4 months ago

Thank you all.
It was a special night with horizontal lightning under clouds, very strange and amazing to see.
To take this shoot, I use my D80,18-55 @18mm, F8, iso200 +1/3ev, bulb exposure. The photo start in the dark, and just after the lighting a finish it.
Software used was Corel Pain Shop Pro X to remove noise, dead pixel + dust artefact, contrast, color etc.
Posted By: James Davidson
about 6 years, 4 months ago
This is a fantastic image, keep up the good work.
Posted By: Adam Dell
about 6 years, 4 months ago
This reminds me of spring. Its a good photo because of the color. its must be difficult capturing a photo of lightning bolts. Please explian how its done. Thanks!
Posted By: MiniCray
about 6 years, 4 months ago
How I did it :

- Wait a nice lightning night.
- Take your DLSR on a tripod.
- Use settings : low iso (such as 100 to 400), F8 to 14, bulb exposure, manual focus.
- Go out, carefully, with something (umbrella) to prevent rain from falling on the DSLR.
- Observe the sky, where lightnings are, target them.
- Make the focus, it should be near infinite.
- Engage bulb exposure, wait few seconds, and terminate juste after the lightning happend. If there is not any, terminate the bulb and do an other.
- Adjust +-ev correction, iso and everything else to have a exploitable photo.
about 6 years, 1 month ago

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