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Zeus is slightly amused . . .
by Ohan Smit, on Flickr

This particular capture forms part of my lightning series from our February 2018 Cape Storm.


This is somewhat bigger than all of the previous bolts I have managed to capture.


Simonsberg at a height of 1399 meters looks like a little dinky toy compared against this little strike.


I would guess the top of this strike at least 2500 meters above Simonsberg, sparking of its trusty companion the Super Cell that made her appearance on the 13th.


I wonder if this year would bring some more "day zero" breakers. . .


Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm at 52mm an aperture of f/9.0 a 30 second exposure shot at ISO 200.
 

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You are braver than me! B-)
Says the man casually taking pictures of one billion volts .. :applause:

Lightning is the one thing I've never successfully captured, I guess it is because I don't plan ahead. Meh. One day.
 

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Twice as nice
by Ohan Smit, on Flickr

It was about 7pm, I was having a conversation with a friend on his way out, when wifey pops by and says. . ."That was the second one . . ." , referring to the subtle yet noticeable rumble in the ground.

I then bolt upwards proclaiming "Right, play time" . . .

So being classically late to the lightning party, I caught this beauty early in the evening passing over the Uitzicht and Durbanville surrounds.

This sparkle session was severely selective in where it struck, making it rather challenging opponent in the "you can't catch me" game.

Well who doesn't like a challenge?

One positive thing about the changing weather is that it seems that Cape Town is turning into lightning country. . .

I must just not forget my umbrella, again. . .

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm at 66mm an aperture of f/10 a 30 second exposure shot at ISO 200.
 

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This is an awesome Group. I need to pull my camera out. Its been in my Cupboard for over 2 years.
 

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1-2-3... What could it be?
by Ohan Smit, on Flickr

This photograph was taken back in February of this year, when the legendary lightning storm hit Cape Town South Africa to declare "day zero" as utter BS. . .

As a radio amateur licence holder, tracking a airplanes ADS-B signal on 1090MHz has been a side hobby for a year or so.

In layman's terms, I have a radar for receiving commercial aircraft from up to 400 kilometers away. . . Via the radio waves they transmit.

This is my station. . .
Ohan Smit ADS-B Feeder Statistics ✈ FlightAware

With that info I could establish exactly that this was aircraft KLM103 from Royal Dutch Airlines on a flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town. . .

Lightning, Power pylons and an Airplane, lucky I guess?

Huzzah!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70 at 70mm an aperture of f/13 an exposure of 30 seconds at an ISO of 200
 

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Shot this, this weekend with my D5500 with a sigma 150-600mm C iso was 300 and shutter speed was 1/1250
Nice shot.

What are your overall impressions of this lens?

I don't have a dslr anymore but I'm seriously considering buying one of these and a cheap body next year for wildlife and bird shots.
 

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Nice shot.

What are your overall impressions of this lens?

I don't have a dslr anymore but I'm seriously considering buying one of these and a cheap body next year for wildlife and bird shots.
Firstly thanks a lot like I started this weekend to shoot raw and manual. And it is really good like no problems at all. It is a bit heavy but I did shoot a few flying shots also not as good as this one but still great.
I really like the lens my brother has the sport edition and I am going to him on Friday and I will compare it.
I did use this with a D3100 I have for sale and also had some good photos on auto.
 

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Here is to good light by Ohan Smit, on Flickr

Here is a snippet of exposures from last years thunderstorm of February 2018.

This is three exposures blended into a single shot.

This is my first post in a while and I am off to Bali to go have some fun.

Here is to good light!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm at 70mm an aperture of f/13 and three exposures of 30 seconds each at ISO 200.
 

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by Ohan Smit, on Flickr

Here is a snippet of exposures from last years thunderstorm of February 2018.

This is three exposures blended into a single shot.

This is my first post in a while and I am off to Bali to go have some fun.

Here is to good light!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm at 70mm an aperture of f/13 and three exposures of 30 seconds each at ISO 200.
Aside from the obvious coolness of the lightning, i'm quite impressed with the detail still being visible in the grey background and the various shades of it.
 

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Aside from the obvious coolness of the lightning, i'm quite impressed with the detail still being visible in the grey background and the various shades of it.
The D800 has exceptional tonality in the mid to low shadow range( mid to left side of the histogram) especially below 800 ISO.

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