Photographer's Note

Summer storms start early in Central Florida, and I have always liked sitting outside and watching the huge cloud formations roll across the sky, carrying lots of lightning, kind of like a heavenly fireworks show. Sometimes you can see a flash almost every second, though some of the flashes are very far away, and only appear as "heat lightning" (which means you can see them but can't hear them, because the sound gets absorbed on the way to you). I stood outside for quite a while with my digital camera to see if I might catch a lightning bolt.

So, is it possible to catch lightning with a smaller, lesser quality digital camera? This is the result. I set the automatic exposures as long as I could figure out how: the "WB" was set to lightbulb, which gave the photo a blue cast, which I then corrected in post work. I had set the brightness level to -0.9 on this camera, so I increased the brightness level in contrast in post work. Other than that, I only sharpened this photo, so you could see what could be accomplished.

Please post comments and critiques - I'd love to hear more about lightning photos...

(See also my Summer Storm 2 photo, and my Colorful Storm photo, for more of my experimenting with storm photos and this little camera.)

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