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

[link]

Hope you like it :)
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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.
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
awesome, glad I could be your first article feature person then :)
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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:

:+fav:
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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. ;)
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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'. :)
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ArtFreek Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Great capture :thumbsup:
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006   Photographer
Thank you.
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escape-is-at-hand Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
I was in the Honest Lawyer when that storm hit (unlimited wings for 10 bucks!), so I completely missed it. The satellite tv was down for a good 20 minutes in that place.
Anyway, good capture. You're really lucky to have that view from your place. I would probably boost the contrast and colours a bit, and clone out the dust particles. An ND filter would help, as you said, but I don't even have one, so no worries.
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006   Photographer
I used to love the all you can eat wings but lately the line is just so long as to be unbearable. I can hardly take it. That and the fact that it ends up being closer to 20$ after the required beer and recommended tip, ugh...and taxes. I'm going to give this one a once over in a bit, moving to it from the back of my gallery. 1 down and like 60 to go. As for the dust particles, I'm not sure that what they are but I don't know what it is, I'm thinking birds in the distance but they seem too blurry for that. The particles move from image to image so I'm fairly certain they weren't on the lens or CCD. But you are certainly right...they need cloning, as does the right hand mini-bolt.

Don't know if you saw but you're in my shoutbox for commenting and on of my recent journals. It's very much appreciated.

Cheers
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escape-is-at-hand Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006   Photographer
With game 7 on tv, I was expecting huge lineups, but it wasn't that bad. They kept running out of wings, though. And with a Hoegaarden, it was only $5 more (and it came in this giant glass. Must've been at least 1.5 pints in there).
Maybe the particles are from the window? And I sort of like the right-hand bolt. It works with the way the image is centered. Maybe clone out the top-right faded bolt instead.

No problem. :)
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006   Photographer
Arg...game 7, don't remind me. Those Hoegarden glasses are huge. I'm going to get my camera cleaned soon anyways...haven't since I got it. Not sure if that's the problem but it can't hurt. The top right definetly has to go but I still think the focus would be better on the left bolt if both right ones were gone...We'll have to wait and see.
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emisu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Traditional Artist
Hey the Colloseum got hit eh? THE movie theathre colloseum.
The front of the roof is slpit in the middle, its crazy. I saw it while passing by it coming back from exams, and i heard it from some friend of mine. I didn't belive them so much, untill i saw it i was like "Woa!!! Holy shit!" It doesn't looks so big, but its a pretty special sight. Something you dont see everyday :p


Check it out if you got spare time to waste :]

Yep, another crazy storm in Ottawa. We've been just getting nasty ones huh?
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
That is crazy, I may have to check that out. Is that the theater on Carling?
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emisu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Traditional Artist
Yep near Bayshore.
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Winta1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006   Writer
KOOL it looks great
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
Thanks alot.
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Winta1 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006   Writer
no probz:)
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isova Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006
now that is awesome.
love lightning shots!
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006   Photographer
Thanks.
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful shot with the bolts positioned at ideal points in the picture. It actually appears as if the lightening is emanating from the rooftops, or that it struck the two buildings. You might want to lighten the green in the lower part of the picture somewhat, as it it too close to the same tone as the sky, making for a somewhat "flat" look, but that is realy minor.

Another possibility is to clone out the smaller bolt in the right hand side, as it makes it look like this is "two separate pictures" in one. The bolt on the left is actually the main part of the picture, not just for its size, but for the action captured as well.
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006   Photographer
Fantastic...the very thing I was most hoping for. A wonderfully detailed comment is worth a dozen :+fav:s in my opinion. I'd not noticed the green in the lower part that you mentioned even to this point I still have difficulties noticing tonal subtleties, I'll mess around in PS and it'll show itself in what I'll feel just looks better through trial and error in what you can just see. A matter of practice I suppose. As for the second bolt I tried cropping it to no avail I ended up just leaving it in because the end of that building being present makes for a stronger image. Cloning it crossed my mind, I'll do that when I'm playing around with the green cast that you mentioned (RE: the bottom half of the image).

Thanks for the fantastic comment. It's much appreciated! :glomp:
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Glad to see that people actually DO appreciate constructive coments.
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006   Photographer
To learn there's no better way.
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netpirate Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006   Photographer
Wow! Nice shot. I tried lightning shots once... I barely got one, and it's blurred! Because I was too afraid to bring my metal tripod out. lol
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006   Photographer
The bonus of having an unobstructed view of just over 180 degrees...the weather can be really far away. Tripods are key, but above all, not being stupid, standing in a field with a metal tripod in the middle of a lightning storm is a supreme idea. Better luck next time.
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emisu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Traditional Artist
Woa! Now THAT takes some guts. I think i would be terrified standing in a middle of a electric field waiting for some pictures.
Shit my pants before i could take a shot :p
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bigsdawg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
I'd be terrified as well, that's why I sit safely on my balcony with the metal railing using my metal tripod. Safety's all relative :). I'm sure the lightning would hit the lightning arrestor that is surely on the top of my building before it hit me...
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