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Can anyone recall that amazing storm you had in the Sydney area 07 Feb 2019 ?.  It happened on the second night of our last trip  to Australia.  

We were staying at our daughters at Warriewood and were having a meet the neighbours/garage party when it hit.  It was the strongest storm I had ever seen.  Next to us Mona Vale had a months worth of rain in 2/3 hours - 120mm !!!

Almost as an afterthought I set my camera/tripod up under the shelter of the garage door which was open to try and record a lightening strike or two.

This is what my camera remotely picked up in about an hour while we were partying hard 😉

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John

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Excellent pics John. Always wanted to be able to photograph lightning and the amazing stars at night time but have never been able to learn the techniques. Such is life! We need some more rain like that BADLY. Cheers, bn

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Some Brilliant pictures

Woodsy

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Great photos 👍. I always find nature fascinating. Thanks for sharing. 

Cheers Zoran

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The power of nature has s just amazing.   Great photos.

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Super photos.

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John. Fabulous photos. The areas away from Sydney sure could use a dose of that sort of weather these days. Thanks for sharing and show some more of your trip.

Frank

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14 hours ago, big Neil said:

Excellent pics John. Always wanted to be able to photograph lightning and the amazing stars at night time but have never been able to learn the techniques. Such is life! We need some more rain like that BADLY. Cheers, bn

Neil off the top of my head the settings would have been

ISO 1600

Shooting mode manual - cable release

exposure time 15 seconds

manual focus set on infinity

Give it a try mate and see if you pick any stars up. Try and get it perfected then you will be ready for the next storm. I would like to see your results.

 

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8 hours ago, frankS said:

John. Fabulous photos. The areas away from Sydney sure could use a dose of that sort of weather these days. Thanks for sharing and show some more of your trip.

Frank

If there is much interest Frank could wedge on some more images.  Wll add a couple of the Sydney skyline at night now and if there is positive feedback could do a photographic diary of our last trip to oz . 😉

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John

 

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A bit extra information on the original post.  My technique for trying to catch lightening is to use a cable release and have it shooting away continuously until I stop it via the cable release.

You need to have your camera on manual focus and will need to experiment during daylight to find where your infinity setting is. Some lenses have the infinity point on otherwise you may have to mark up your lens and camera with a white Sharpie.

Also you need your lens wide open.  I had mine on F3.5

During that storm the camera was taking continuously taking 15 second exposures.  Make sure your batteries are fully charged.  I could use a 15 second exposure as  the storm happened at night.  Trying to photograph lightening through the day is a much harder ball game with shorter exposures !!!

On that night the camera took approx 300 exposures and it recorded 8 lightening bolts.

I have had 7 x 3 month trips to oz since I took early retirement and have captured lightening on 4 separate occasions. The Sydney area really is "lightening alley"

Go on,have a go and good shooting 😊

John

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Hi John what size in mm is the lens that you are using 

Woodsy

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10 minutes ago, Woodsy1 said:

Hi John what size in mm is the lens that you are using 

Woodsy

A Canon 18-200mm lens mate 😀  Fully open for the lightening shots.

John

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John. Those Sydney shots are amongst the best photos I have seen, It is a really beautiful city and we who live here simply don't appreciate it's true beauty. We tend to take it for granted that it's there and nothing special , but it is truly one of the most beautiful city's in the world. Thanks for sharing.

Frank

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Ok thanks John I just got a new lens yesterday I’m gunna have a fiddle with it.

Woodsy

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Posted (edited)

Here are a few more I have taken around Sydney.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Queen Mary 2 berthed at Wooloomooloo naval docks.

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Queen Victoria Building

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Sydney Harbour viewed from the top of Sydney Tower

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Harbour Bridge viewed from the Lookout Pylon

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Bridge walkers viewed from the Lookout Tower

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Zoomed in shot of the Bridge walkers

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John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great pictures 

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