September 1, 2011

Lightning, Utah-Arizona Border

Photograph by David Rankin, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos With Tips From Photographer Catherine Karnow

It’s a challenge to shoot lightning, and the key, as this photograph demonstrates, is to leave the shutter open for as long as possible and shoot repeatedly. This way, you can be sure to capture more than one lightning bolt. By leaving the shutter open, your exposure can be bright enough to light up the sky, the clouds, the terrain, and the buildings, such as the factory in this image. All are elements that add interest to the shot.

Photo Tip: When shooting lightning, use long shutter speeds, like 15 seconds or more, and just keep shooting.

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J. Deines
J. Deines

Great shot!  I love the lightning bolts above and below the cloud.  BTW, is that the Navajo Power Plant outside of Page, in the foreground?

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