All posts tagged thunderstorm

Last night there was a thunder storm.
It wasn’t really a storm, at least not near to where I live. There was no rain, just some wind and only occasionally did I hear some rumbling in the sky.
But I had a great view over the bay where the lightning came down every so often.


D800, ISO100, 30 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm
Three images put together in Photoshop (CS6, and no, I have no intention on going Cloud).

We came home late(r) from town last night and I couldn’t really catch sleep. Luckily, because -out of the blue?- a thunderstorm rolled over part of town. Lightning like crazy (of course exactly in a corner where I just couldn’t reach with the camera. I set up anyway, plugged in the remote shutter, set the camera on C(h) and locked the shutter with a 6 second exposure, figuring that the storm must every now and again, if not totally, move a bit out of the that wretched corner into the viewfinder. In the mean time an incredible amount of rain came down in a very short period of time, temporarily flooding the streets out front. Did some other things in the mean time and ended up with some 250 images (yay for D800 raw files, that’s about 10 gig right there 😀 ), mostly without any lightning, some with some lighted up sky, and one or two with a really nice strike. The best one is below:


D800, ISO100, 8 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 14-24mm

I bet I could’ve got much better pictures, but I would’ve had to go out in weather a dog wouldn’t even go out. And it was 1:30, barely dressed and not in the mood. Anyway…
I figured I could have a go with a timelapse sequence with the rest of the images and that didn’t come out too bad, either.

If you don’t get the title of the post, you should watch the Green Mile. That’s what they said to put the electricity on during the execution of John Coffey (just like the drink, only not spelled the same).
Electricity was on last night, too. Last year I posted some pictures of the lightning storm over town. And it’s not like this kind of lightning happens all the time. Once a year is already quite a rare thing, but last night there was another one. Not with as many lightning strikes as last year, but more intense. And the weather really hadn’t been anything like pre-thunder storm. It was quite a surprise (which is why I didn’t get many pictures).


D700, ISO200, 30 secs @ f/22, Nikkor 50mm

I had the wrong lens on, and opened the balcony windows too little, so that’s why it shows only this. A few shots after this I put the wide angle on, but of course then it was already too late 🙁
Owwell… Still not a bad one in the end.

WOA! That was exciting!
Not that I haven’t seen thunderstorms before in my life, but still. This was one of the better ones we get in this -usually- thunderforsaken place. It all started when things got really, really dark really, really fast.


D700, ISO1600, 1/4 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

Usually I’m quite fast with taking out and setting up the stuff, but this time I was just so in awe about the power of the whole thing that I stood there on the balcony with the Better Half just watching it unfold. Then I quickly ran back inside, grabbed camera, tripod and remote shutter, put a plastic bag over the camera (it had started to rain really badly), set everything up on the balcony, put the camera on C-high with the remote shutter locked and a long exposure time. And then I continued to stand there with the Better Half watching it unfold (I even missed -like- an hour of Star Wars Return of the Jedi – which I’ve never seen before in my life!).

It was just too cool, literally, after having been fried in plastic balcony renovation plastic, which they took down only two days ago!

Lightning strikes during a heavy thunderstorm in Espoo, Finland

D700, ISO200, 10 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm

Lightning strikes during a heavy thunderstorm in Espoo, Finland

D700, ISO200, 10 sec @ f/27, Tamron 28-75mm

Lightning strikes during a heavy thunderstorm in Espoo, Finland

D700, ISO200, 30 sec @ f/16, Tamron 28-75mm