The conditions were perfect for capturing lightning as it ripped through the atmosphere. The sky was lighting up furiously behind the dark storm clouds. A blinding streak finally raced in front of my lens, while the shutter was actually open. This is the exact result I was desperately hoping to capture. The entire bolt of lightning was totally within my frame, it was in focus and perfectly exposed. This is a shot I have wanted to catch for many years …tonight was my night.
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This image was photographed from my front lawn in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 11:37 pm. The shot was captured using a Canon EOS 10D camera with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L zoom lens. The focal length was set to 27mm. Manual focusing and exposure settings were used for this photo. The shutter speed was 6 seconds with a f/4.5 aperture setting. The camera’s ISO was 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 head. The image was shot in timer mode, to eliminate as much camera movement as possible.
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