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Strike One
Strike One
CraigF


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Night Shot III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Home
Date: May 4, 2006
Aperture: F25
ISO: 200
Shutter: 8
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2006

My first Lightning shot.
8 Second Shutter speed.

Statistics
Place: 126 out of 287
Avg (all users): 5.4962
Avg (commenters): 6.4444
Avg (participants): 5.3253
Avg (non-participants): 5.5738
Views since voting: 608
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 266
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/22/2006 04:15:33 AM
Thanks for the nice comments and thanks to TooCool for his advice.
The more i look at this picture the more i realise that it is rather bland , but its been my highest challenge score so far so im pretty pleased i seem to be heading in the correct direction.
The really annoying thing is that i took a picture earlier when it was still early evening and i managed to capture nothing until i looked at the pic and saw 5 or 6 very small streaks of lightning protruding out of the clouds just above the rooflines.
05/21/2006 12:11:27 PM
From the Critique Club:

This is a pretty straight forward shot to critique. What you have here is a very nice capture of a lightning strike! (I can hear ya sayin', "Duh", but that's OK!) But that's all it is. A lightning strike. This type of shot is like anyother type of shot. It needs to follow the same types of 'rules of photography' as any other type of shot. For example: A landscape shot needs a subject. A leading line shot needs a subject. A sunset shot needs a subject. In general a landscape, leading line or sunset are not typically strong enough on their own to actually be the subject of the shot. There are exceptions! Ask BearMusic about landscapes without subjects and he can show you many examples that work, but they are exceptions, not the rule.

This can be directly translated to this shot. There is nothing in the shot to truly be a subject. The lightning is nice, but not spectacular. Add a silhouette or a city scape with the lightning behind it and you have something special. Add a tree or house lit up by the lightning and you have something special. What you have here is almost the same as a snapshot.

Hope this helps you see why your shot topped out at 5.49...
Yours
TC
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2006 07:04:46 PM
impressive
05/16/2006 11:44:38 AM
Very pretty shot. Nice color in the sky.
05/15/2006 07:17:29 PM
WOW
05/14/2006 08:53:27 AM
Wow!
05/13/2006 12:50:38 PM
nice shot..did it hit the tree?
05/13/2006 01:06:58 AM
Nice strike.
05/11/2006 02:05:21 AM
Good capture. Bumping it up a bit.
05/10/2006 05:08:33 PM
I've tried a few times to capture lightning, just didn't turn out very good...Nice shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/10/2006 03:47:27 PM
I've never managed to capture lightning, so good job with the timing. The image is a little grainy, though, and while I know the lightning is the focus, I think it needs more tree.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/10/2006 06:50:22 AM
Like the shot, real shame about the crop though, if we could see the ground and the whole of the tree it would be a really nice shot


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