Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Good Morning Hong Kong!

Canon 1Dx, ISO 100, 25mm, f/8.0, 30 Seconds

I am not sure what woke me up first at 4:00AM this morning.
Was is the alarm clock or the thunder just outside my window?  Its all a blur but when the next series of lightning strikes and thunderclaps hit, it sure got my attention.  When I moved here about 2 months ago, I was able to capture some lightning strikes over the TST area.  What was cool about it was that shooting from East Hong Kong, it was a clear view across the harbor with the clouds and lightning were isolated in the distance.  Ever since then, I've been hoping for a chance to shoot more strikes.

Unlike my last experience with shooting lightning, the cloud layer this time was low and dense.   It wasn't what I was hoping for but I wanted to work on my shooting technique so I set up my tripod and camera and went for it.

I was only able to capture two images where the lightning bolt was visible in the frame.  I thought that with exposure times up to 30 seconds, I'd be able to catch more (or even multiple in a single frame).  I am learning that you need some patience here.  The funny thing is that on more than one occasion, there was the perfect bolt, right in front of me, with lots of off-shoots and of course I missed them!!! The problem is that after the long exposure, the camera take awhile to process the long exposure image. Its during that time when the camera was "busy" that some amazing lightning bolts flashed before me.

Oh well, I'll keep plugging away until I find that perfect image.
Canon 1Dx, ISO 100, 25mm, f/8.0, 30 Seconds

Here are some some reposted images from when I first got to Hong Kong (and my technique was not so good as you can see by the motion blur)

#hongkong #Lightning

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