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June 20, 2006
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Jun 19, 2006, 6:03:46 PM
Daylight Lightning by bigsdawg Daylight Lightning by bigsdawg
I appologize for yet another lightning photo. It would seem that my subjects are slowly narrowing down to kittens and lightning. This will be the last for a long time, well, unless I get a really good one. I've wanted a shot of lightning during the day since I saw a photo of a bolt over the grand canyon during the day in a recent National Geographic.

I've also decided to start putting more detailed descriptions of the photos as I've started requesting more advanced critiques (see `londonxpress's journal [link] for the suggested browse DA by advanced critique, a great idea). Let me know if you think I've left anything out of my description. :wave:

The Setup: Nothing really special this time. Tripod on a 12th storie(sp?) balcony. I made sure to choose the smallest aperature value to allow for the longest possible exposure during the day. Keeping in mind if it was too small the buildings would become too dark. I think I could've had more luck with this had I had a ND filter but I don't have any for my 18-70mm. The whole idea with shooting lightning is shoot alot, shoot long exposures, and shoot alot. For every photo of lightning I get at night I have atleast 10 blanks, double to triple the number of blanks when shooting in daylight as was the case with this.
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Great photo!
I understand the difficulties of daylight lightning captures, let along having one compose itself nicely (other then where we point the camera at the time).

Real nice work! :D
bigsdawg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009   Photographer
Thank you. Daylight is certainly quite a bit tricky. I must just be really lucky. :)
CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
this image has been featured in my latest news article titled "Actions of Mother Nature", found here


Hope you like it :)
bigsdawg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009   Photographer
I'm glad you really like it and thought it worthy of entering in your news article. That's my first time being in a news article. Thanks for the selection.
CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
awesome, glad I could be your first article feature person then :)
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Excellent shot! Can't help you much with an advanced critique. I'm in the early stages of learning about this type of photography, myself. I didn't even notice the dust specks until I read one of the last comments :D

I find your artist's comments very helpful and I thank you for them :nod:

Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
Kudos on catching lightning during the day. Not only is it tougher, but it gives you a totally different atmosphere. I'd say this is the rarest kind of lightning shot I've seen. :)

As far as a critique goes, I think many of your previous commenters have hit on most of the major points (although I would have to respectfully disagree regarding the erasure of the second bolt on the right). For me, the thing that immediately caught my attention were the dust specks. I thought this was taken through the window at first. This could easily be remedied with the dust brush in CS2 and would make the quality of the shot go up dramatically. I think you could also stand to play with your Levels adjustment layer a bit more to make your colors pop more (this would help with the "flatness" that a previous commenter noticed as well). :)

Hey man, wonderful shot. And I hope you have the opportunity to catch stuff like this again in the future. :thumbsup: I think my favorite part about this shot was that you wound up with a pretty interesting setting for capturing lightning. At least it wasn't the roof of a house + lightning, like you see so many other places. ;)
bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006   Photographer
I've seen a few in National Geographic but they are much rarer.

I'm definetly going to have to touch this one up when I get there. I'm starting back at the oldest stuff and moving forward so it takes a while. I think this one is in such rough shape because I was too stunned that I got lightning in the day to notice that it was poorly finished.

Thanks for the great comment. I'll have to put you up on my shoutboard as a 'killer komenter'. :)
ArtFreek Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Great capture :thumbsup:
bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006   Photographer
Thank you.
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