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3rd PlaceStorm over Florence
LevT


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Challenge: Free Study 2009-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Italy 2009
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: Sep 19, 2009
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 400
Shutter: 15s
Galleries: Cityscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2009

yay, my first ribbon in a free study! Thank you!

I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. The light show did not last very long, maybe only 15-20 min. This is the only more-less sharp shot I got before the it went away from my field of view. Of course, in the ideal world I would prefer to be above the beautiful Florence skyline, for example over at the Piazza Michelangelo, and to have a good sturdy tripod with me, not a pocket-size Маnfrotto 345 thingy, but I guess I should not complain :).

This is the first time I was shooting lightnings (they are very rare in San Diego), and I came up with a trick which would double the chances to catch a good bolt (unfortunately, this thought came to my head only when it was too late and the storm dissipated). Since I was making pretty long exposures, the noise reduction would kick in after each shot, and I would sit and wait for it to finish before taking another shot. Basically, half the time was wasted, and I missed a few good bolts because of that. Then I realized that if the previous shot came in empty (no lightning), I can avoid wasting valuable time by turning the camera off and then immediately back on - this interrupts the noise reduction routine. Maybe this tip can help someone in similar circumstances...

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09/29/2010 11:08:53 PM
This shot deserves the ribbon!
Thanks for the tip about quicker shooting. I have noticed that in many of the storms in this area, that the bolts come at fairly regular intervals. For instance, if I count seconds between 1st and 2nd strikes, I have found that the 3rd strike will occur roughly at the same interval. I then adjust shooting to match that. If the strikes are coming at 15 sec intervals, I wait 12 sec or so after a strike to open the shutter. Sometimes you miss a bolt that comes in the interim, and have to restart the countdown, but the technique helps on the average.
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10/14/2009 02:42:52 AM
2nd place
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10/10/2009 04:41:06 PM
Originally posted by LevT:

Originally posted by Zoomdak:

Awesome shot! Congrats on the yellow.

Originally posted by LevT:

Basically, half the time was wasted, and I missed a few good bolts because of that. Then I realized that if the previous shot came in empty (no lightning), I can avoid wasting valuable time by turning the camera off and then immediately back on - this interrupts the noise reduction routine. Maybe this tip can help someone in similar circumstances...

...Or you could get a 5d Mark II where you can shoot the next picture while the previous image is still processing. =)


I don't have a Canon, but I cannot imagine how this might work - because the NR in Nikons is spent not on image processing, but on recording an image with exactly the same settings as the original shot (same ISO and exposure), but with a closed shutter and then subtracting it from the original image. So while the camera is acquiring a 15-sec noise-only image it cannot take another shot.

That makes sense, yeah. I'm not sure how it works either, but I know that I've been able to shoot another image while the previous one is noise processing (but also, then it takes that extra time processing after both images, or however many images are shot).
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10/10/2009 04:15:32 PM
Originally posted by Zoomdak:

Awesome shot! Congrats on the yellow.

Originally posted by LevT:

Basically, half the time was wasted, and I missed a few good bolts because of that. Then I realized that if the previous shot came in empty (no lightning), I can avoid wasting valuable time by turning the camera off and then immediately back on - this interrupts the noise reduction routine. Maybe this tip can help someone in similar circumstances...

...Or you could get a 5d Mark II where you can shoot the next picture while the previous image is still processing. =)


I don't have a Canon, but I cannot imagine how this might work - because the NR in Nikons is spent not on image processing, but on recording an image with exactly the same settings as the original shot (same ISO and exposure), but with a closed shutter and then subtracting it from the original image. So while the camera is acquiring a 15-sec noise-only image it cannot take another shot.
10/10/2009 03:59:43 PM
Awesome shot! Congrats on the yellow.

Originally posted by LevT:

Basically, half the time was wasted, and I missed a few good bolts because of that. Then I realized that if the previous shot came in empty (no lightning), I can avoid wasting valuable time by turning the camera off and then immediately back on - this interrupts the noise reduction routine. Maybe this tip can help someone in similar circumstances...

...Or you could get a 5d Mark II where you can shoot the next picture while the previous image is still processing. =)
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10/09/2009 02:40:43 PM
Great timing Lev! Fantastic shot and unique in that the strength of the picture isn't the lightning alone. It has context. Congrats!
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10/09/2009 02:22:59 PM
stunning, amazingly gorgeous and very unique view of the Arno and that lovely city!!
Bravo!

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10/09/2009 01:35:57 AM
Congrats on your latest ribbon, and thanks for your comment on my entry. :)
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10/08/2009 09:22:20 PM
Congratulations on the nice catch and the ribbon.
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10/08/2009 08:53:38 PM
i long for the duomo!
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10/08/2009 06:50:37 PM
you were there about 2 weeks before I was! We just got home from a Rome/Florence trip last Sunday ... amazing pic, congrats on the ribbon!
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10/08/2009 05:03:13 PM
Congrats Lev with another great finish!
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10/08/2009 09:50:16 AM
Ohmyheavens! Gasp! I don't even want to get started on the superlatives. It would get way too gushy!
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10/08/2009 09:07:27 AM
Congratulations. I find lightnings very interesting and this is a great capture.
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10/08/2009 02:38:47 AM
Bravo Lev!!!!
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10/08/2009 02:13:47 AM
Congratulations, Lev! Excellent capture.
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10/08/2009 12:47:38 AM
Absolutely stunning! This really has everything going for it, I could stare at it for hours. Excellent work, Lev. Big congrats on your first FS ribbon.
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10/08/2009 12:40:54 AM
Awesome. Big congrats on your FS Ribbon!
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10/08/2009 12:12:07 AM
'Grats, again!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2009 09:49:21 PM
Getting the lightning and buildings in such detail AND starbursts on the lamps ... nicely done!
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10/07/2009 11:30:58 AM
Very Nice
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10/04/2009 06:26:18 PM
Fantastic - extremely well executed image.
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10/04/2009 10:20:17 AM
Great capture. You caught this at the right time.
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10/03/2009 06:29:04 PM
Oh, no, it's raining on you, Florence! And it's so cold and windy! And you're only wearing a ...white t-shirt? Score! 9
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10/03/2009 05:02:38 PM
Beautiful picture, and great capture of the lightening!
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10/03/2009 08:44:56 AM
Great lightning capture. I especially like the way you've also managed to get good exposure on all the other details as well as the lightning bolts.
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10/03/2009 01:06:23 AM
An excellent capture , wish you had toned down the overall brightness of the shot down just a little to increase the overall impact futher. 7
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10/02/2009 09:25:09 AM
Really nice!!!
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10/01/2009 02:36:04 PM
Great capture.
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