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GoneRama
08-01-14, 11:44 PM
I created this image and I still can't believe I did it!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/q71/s720x720/1497774_10151789129966396_994412844_n.jpg

for more photos please check out my facebook page. You do not need to have a facebook account to view it. I've recently added some more waterfall photos too but this one up there ^^^^^^ is by far my best photo and it's going to take a bit to top it I think.

https://www.facebook.com/GoneRamaPhotography

Stocky
09-01-14, 12:12 AM
Awesome! That's a fantastic photo.

rmjens
09-01-14, 06:11 AM
Wow!
Just WOW, GoneRama.

Littlelamb
09-01-14, 06:47 AM
Amazing, you caught everything at the right time,

Djangoandjacana
09-01-14, 07:21 AM
Very difficult subject and brilliant job.

tgh05
09-01-14, 07:34 AM
great shot well done ………..

cyrus
09-01-14, 08:38 AM
yep, I am amazingly impressed by your work :) WOW

eurabbie
09-01-14, 08:48 AM
WOW I can see why!!

mindari
09-01-14, 09:44 AM
awesome, i expect you will treasure that for the rest of your days...so so special.

there is a documentary on abc called salt, he spent years searching for the perfect photo on lake eyre, you outdid his dream..enjoy

gasbuster
09-01-14, 11:32 AM
That is a brilliant photo ! Congratulations

comet1998
09-01-14, 11:45 AM
OMG WOW!!!

I try to photograph the lighting that we get around home - despite having OK (I loosely use that term haha) photography equipment my equipment and I are just not fast enough to capture it.

Yours is truly a one in a million shot. Well done :)

leec
09-01-14, 12:02 PM
WOW, that is a brilliant photo, well done :)

OakyPoke
09-01-14, 12:30 PM
That is an awesome photo and moment in time...great work!

Linon
09-01-14, 12:56 PM
Stunning, Gonerama, simply stunning.

:)

GoneRama
09-01-14, 12:59 PM
OMG WOW!!!

I try to photograph the lighting that we get around home - despite having OK (I loosely use that term haha) photography equipment my equipment and I are just not fast enough to capture it.

Yours is truly a one in a million shot. Well done :)

I will share some secrets with you.

For a start this is my setup
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1560703_10151788947171396_552774825_n.jpg
The camera cost me $400, the lens $500 and the tripod was $60 or thereabouts.

If you have a DSLR camera........To photograph lightning go full manual mode on your camera and put it on a tripod. Set you ISO to 100, aperture anywhere from f/4 - f/13 and then have a play with your shutter speed. You want a rather long shutter speed so that you can keep everything open long enough to capture the lightning and then just keep clicking and hoping that lightning will strike within your cameras view while the shutter is open. To get the image from last night I took 100 photos and 17 of them had some form of forked lightning, heaps more had flashes.

If you don't have a DSLR camera....... have a search through your cameras manual (or google your camera model) for the section that tells you how to set your exposure time and run with that on a tripod.

That image is actually a stack of 9 photos that I put together in a free downloadable program called GIMP. I did a bit of googling around to try and figure out how to do it and there you have it.

az_paintedhorse
09-01-14, 02:58 PM
Absolutely National Geographic worthy !!!

opensky
09-01-14, 05:36 PM
A real stunner! And you even share your method secrets! Top effort GR.

toscall
09-01-14, 05:54 PM
"it's going to take a bit to top it I think." by you or anyone else. Absolutely fantastic.

GoneRama
09-01-14, 06:22 PM
Thanks everyone :)

Got a nice little storm brewing up at the moment, sitting here listening to steady rumbles outside so I could be going for a third night in a row of lightning photos :D

Here was the first night (Tuesday) effort

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/q77/s720x720/1560403_619629514771470_491423313_n.jpg


and a video of last nights storm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCKxmXtRyGo&feature=youtu.be

opensky
09-01-14, 07:26 PM
That is awesome GR., brilliant music! Thanks for posting, keep up the great work!

Jcr
09-01-14, 08:03 PM
The fact that you have recreated that photo (if thats the correct way of describing it) makes it even more impressive!! Congrats Gone Rama! I must admit those type of storms scare me witless I really don't cope in thunder so even more kudos to you!!

acaciaalba
09-01-14, 08:08 PM
thats awesome stuff GR ! not just the pics themselves , but the editing and producing of those pics and your FB pages photo gallery, and the video. putting together 9 pics to make one stunning one is just jaw dropping ,,to me the computer dumbo.
the pics are just Nat Geo stuff. have you sent any away to these places ? if not, you need to .
there are some amazing photos there. you have talent. i am coming up for some lessons, and if i am too stupid to teach, you can just show me the storms !
amazing !

doctordarling
14-01-14, 01:57 PM
Wonderful shot GR - now wonder Arnhem land is alive with spiritual power. ddx