Lightning photos

My passion for this type of photos is started thanks to a shot of a big lightning. To capture a lightning fortune is not enough, you need patience and tecnical skills. In this section there are some of my best photos.

 

Fumini 8 9 2010

 

Single shot, taken the September 9, 2010, 20:43 from Monte Marenzo (Lecco, Italy) with a Canon EOS 50 D , 30 sec expousure, ISO 200, F/9.0, focal lenght 20 mm. Canon EF-S 18-200mm.

 

17 luglio 2010

 

Single shot, taken the July 17, 2010 from Monte Marenzo (Lecco, Italy) with a Canon EOS 50 D , 30 sec expousure, ISO 200, F/7.1, focal lenght 60 mm. Canon EF-S 18-200mm.

 

17 luglio 2010

 

Sum of 6 shots. Taken the July 17, 2010 from Monte Marenzo (Lecco, Italy) with a Canon EOS 50 D , 20 sec expousure each shot, ISO 200, F/7.1, focal lenght 60 mm. Canon EF-S 18-200mm.

 

Fulmini 

 

Taken the July 13, 2008 from Monte Marenzo (Lecco, Italy) with a Canon EOS 350 D , 15 sec expousure, ISO 200, F/9.0.

 

Fulmini 

 

Four lightning over the lake of Como and the city of Lecco, taken from Monte Marenzo, where i live.Taken the July 31, 2006 with 15 sec expousure, ISO 200, f/9.0 with a Canon EOS 350D. With this photo i won the competition "Una foto per 4 elementi" ("One photos for 4 elements") launched by the magazine Focus in 2006.

 

Fulmini 

 

Taken the July 13, 2008 from Monte Marenzo (Lecco, Italy) with a Canon EOS 350 D , 15 sec expousure, ISO 200, F/9.0.

 

Fulmini 

 

November 2007, from Monte Marenzo (Lecco, Italy) with Canon EOS 350D, ISO 200, F/9.0, 20 sec expousure.

 

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How to make photos like this?

 

To take this photos I use a REFLEX camera, necessary because only REFLEX camera have the B pose (ore M mode) that enable you to take photos with arbitrary long expousure. Then is necessary a tripod to mantain the camera fixed during the expousure. That's all! When you see lightnings you have to place your REFLEX camera to the tripod, enable the M mode (or B pose) and select e time expousure of about 15/20/30 seconds. Set an F/ value to about 9 and set ISO to 200. Use the autoshoot mode to avoid vibration and good luck!