Monday, June 24, 2019

Easier way to capture lightning

I just discovered an easier way to capture lightning - use the time lapse function of the 7D II to continually do 30-second exposures. 

First, I set the aperture (normally wide open, the 16-35's IQ is excellent even at f/4) and ISO to properly expose the scene with a 30 second exposure, before the lightning bolt strikes. 

Next, I point the camera to the general direction of the sky where lighting strikes are active, fine tune the framing for composition, and manually pre-focus on a foreground object in the distance that I wish to be sharp. The deep DOF of the UWA lens should also render the lightning bolt in reasonably good focus.

At this point, I enable the 7D II's time lapse function, then press the shutter button. The 7D II will shoot long exposures non-stop until I turn it off when the lightning activity subsides. I usually set the interval between shots to 2 seconds to give me time to turn off the camera in between frames.

Here's a practice shot using this approach. I'm hoping the lightning display will be over a more photogenic location in the coming nights. Casting a wide net (long 30 second exposures), and doing this continually, should greatly increase the chances of catching a lightning formation at its sweet moment.

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, June 22, 2019, Canon 7D MII + EF 16-35 f/4 L IS,
16 mm, f/4, ISO 200, 30 sec, manual exposure in available light, Uniqball UBH45/455B support, cropped to fit 16:9.

No comments:

Labels

1.4x tc iii (27) 16-35 f4 L IS (7) 1d miv (4) 2x TC (5) 2x tc ii (5) 2x tc iii (9) 400 2.8 IS (15) 400 5.6l (2) 400 f/4 do is ii (54) 4c tc (1) 4k (1) 4x tc (1) 5D MIII (8) 70-200 2.8 l is ii (3) 7d (6) 7d m2 (1) 7d mark ii (59) 7d mii (6) 7d2 (1) Acridotheres cristatellus (2) Acrocephalus stentoreus (1) action photography (1) Aethopyga bella (1) Aethopyga flagrans (1) aggregates (1) aggregates crushing (1) Alauda gulgula (1) Alcedo atthis (1) Alcedo cyanopecta (1) Amaurornis olivaceus (1) Amaurornis phoenicurus (1) Amur Falcon (1) Anas clypeata (1) Anas luzonica (1) Anser serrirostris (1) Anthus rufulus (1) Aplonis panayensis (2) Arachnothera clarae (1) Arctic Warbler (1) Ardea cinerea (3) Ardea purpurea (1) Ardeola bacchus (1) Ardeola speciosa (1) Asian Glossy Starling (2) astro (6) Australasian Grass-Owl (1) baguio (1) baler (1) baler surfing (1) Barn Swallow (4) baroro (1) baroro beach (1) Barred Buttonquail (1) Barred Rail (1) batch plant (1) bee (2) bif (1) binmaley (1) bird video (43) birding places (4) birds in flight (72) Black Bittern (1) Black-chinned Fruit-dove (1) Black-crowned Night-Heron (1) Black-Headed Gull (1) Black-winged Stilt (2) blue moon (1) Blue Rock-Thrush (5) Blue-headed Fantail (1) Blue-naped Parrot (1) Blue-tailed Bee-eater (3) Bolbopsittacus lunulatus (1) Brahminy Kite (4) Brown Hawk-Owl (1) Brown Shrike (6) Brush Cuckoo (1) Bubulcus ibis (1) Buceros hydrocorax (1) bued (7) bued bridge (1) bued flood (2) bued river (59) bug slomo (1) bugs slow motion (1) Butorides striatus (2) butterfly (9) butterfly macro (6) butterfly slomo (2) butterfly slow motion (1) Cacomantis variolosus (1) camp john hay (1) candaba (1) canon workshop (2) Caprimulgus manillensis (1) Cattle Egret (1) Centropus bengalensis (1) Centropus viridis (1) Charadrius dubius (1) Chinese Egret (1) Chinese Pond-Heron (1) Chlidonias hybridus (7) Cinnamon Bittern (1) Circus spilonotus (1) Cisticola juncidis (1) Citrine Canary-Flycatcher (1) Clamorous Reed-Warbler (1) Coleto (1) Collared Kingfisher (3) Collocalia troglodytes (3) Common Kingfisher (1) concrete (1) Corvus macrorhynchos (1) Crested Myna (2) crusher (1) Culicicapa helianthea (1) Dendrocopos maculatus (2) Dicaeum austral (1) Dicaeum australe (4) Dicaeum pygmaeum (1) dji mavic air (4) double rainbow (2) dragonfly (3) dragonfly in flight (2) dragonfly macro (5) dragonfly slomo (1) dragonfly video (3) drone (1) drone photography (1) Ducula aenea (1) Dupetor flavicollis (1) Eastern Marsh-Harrier (1) eco trail (1) Egretta alba (5) Egretta eulophotes (1) Egretta garzetta (3) Elegant Tit (1) endemic birds (46) Eumyias panayensis (1) Eurasian Hobby (1) Eurasian Tree Sparrow (2) Falco amurensis (1) Falco peregrinus (1) Falco subbuteo (1) Ficedula narcissina (1) Ficedula westermanni (1) Flaming Sunbird (1) Gallirallus torquatus (1) Geopelia striata (1) Gerygone sulphurea (2) goat shed (1) Golden-bellied Flyeater (2) grasshopper (1) Great Egret (5) Greater Sand-Plover (1) Green Imperial-Pigeon (1) Grey Heron (3) Grey Wagtail (1) Grey-tailed Tattler (1) Guaiabero (1) Halcyon smyrnensis (7) Haliastur indus (4) Handsome Sunbird (1) haradrius leschenaultii (1) Heteroscelus brevipes (1) Himantopus himantopus (2) Hirundo rustica (4) Hirundo striolata (2) Hoopoe (1) Hydrophasianus chirurgus (1) Indigo-banded Kingfisher (1) Ixobrychus cinnamomeus (1) Ixobrychus sinensis (1) Java Sparrow (2) Javan Pond-Heron (1) kennon (2) kennon junction (1) kennon road (2) kennon road junction (1) la union (10) Lalage nigra (1) Lanius cristatus (6) Lanius schach (2) Lanius validirostris (1) Large-billed Crow (1) Larus ridibundus (1) Larus saundersi (1) Lesser Coucal (1) lightning (4) lightning photography (5) lightning video (1) liquidstone (5) Little Egret (3) Little Heron (2) Little Pied Flycatcher (1) Little Ringed-Plover (1) Little Tern (1) Lonchura punctulata (2) Long-tailed Shrike (2) Lowland White-eye (10) lunar eclipse (1) Luscinia calliope (1) Luzon Hornbill (1) macro (10) macro slomo (1) Macropygia tenuirostris (1) mangkhut (1) mango farm (1) Marsh Sandpiper (1) mavic 2 pro (6) mavic air (2) Merops philippinus (3) Microhierax erythrogenys (1) migratory birds (63) Monticola solitaries (1) Monticola solitarius (4) moon (2) Motacilla cinerea (1) moth (1) moth macro (1) moth video (1) moths (1) Mountain Shrike (1) Mountain Verditer-Flycatcher (1) Mountain White-eye (3) Naked-faced Spiderhunter (1) Narcissus Flycatcher (1) Nectarinia jugularis (3) Ninox scutulata (1) Northern Hobby (1) Northern Shoveler (1) Numenius phaeopus (2) Nycticorax nycticorax (1) Olive-backed Sunbird (3) ompong (1) Oriental Honeybuzzard (2) Oriental Skylark (1) Osprey (5) Otus megalotis (1) Padda oryzivora (2) Paddyfield Pipit (1) Pandion haliaetus (5) pangasinan (1) Parus elegans (1) Parus semilarvatus (1) Passer montanus (2) Penelopides manillae (1) Peregrine Falcon (1) Pernis ptilorhynchus (1) Pernis ptilorhynchus philippensis (1) Phaenicophaeus cumingi (1) Phaenicophaeus superciliosus (1) Pheasant-Tailed Jacana (1) Philippine Coucal (1) Philippine Cuckoo-Dove (1) Philippine Duck (1) Philippine Falconet (1) Philippine Nightjar (1) Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker (1) Philippine Scops-Owl (1) Philippine Serpent-Eagle (1) Philippine Woodpecker (2) philippines flood (1) Phylloscopus borealis (1) Pied Bushchat (1) Pied Fantail (1) Pied Triller (1) Plain Bush-Hen (1) Porphyrio porphyrio (1) Ptilinopus leclancheri (1) Purple Heron (1) Purple Swamphen (1) Pycnonotus goiavier (3) Pygmy Flowerpecker (1) Pygmy Swiftlet (3) readymix concrete (1) Red Turtle-Dove (4) Red-crested Malkoha (1) Red-keeled Flowerpecker (5) resident birds (75) Rhabdornis mystacalis (2) Rhipidura cyaniceps (1) Rhipidura javanica (1) Richard's Pipit (1) romy ocon (6) rosario (1) Rufous Hornbill (1) rx10 4 (1) rx10 iv (14) rx10 m4 (21) rx10 mark 4 (13) rx10 mark iv (22) rx10 miv (21) san juan (1) Sarcops calvus (1) Saunders's Gull (1) Saxicola caprata (1) Saxicola maurus (1) Scale-feathered Malkoha (1) Scaly-Breasted Munia (2) Siberian Rubythroat (1) Siberian Stonechat (1) sison mango farm (1) slomo (1) slow motion (1) spider (1) Spilornis holospilus (1) Spotted Dove (1) stacked 2x TCs (1) stacked teleconverters (1) Sterna albifrons (1) Streptopelia chinensis (1) Streptopelia tranquebarica (4) Striated Swallow (2) Stripe-headed Rhabdornis (2) subic rainforest (2) super blue moon (1) super moon (1) supermoon (1) supertyphoon (1) surfing (4) surfing slomo (1) taboc (2) Tanygnathus lucionensis (1) telephoto (1) ten-four (1) ten-four readymix (1) time lapse (1) Todiramphus chloris (3) tplex (3) tplex terminus (1) transcend dp200 (1) Tringa stagnatilis (1) Tundra Bean Goose (1) Turnix suscitator (1) Tyto longimembris (1) Upupa epops (1) versys x300 (1) video (1) wasp (1) wasp macro (1) wasp video (1) Whimbrel (2) Whiskered Tern (7) White-breasted Waterhen (1) White-fronted Tit (1) White-throated Kingfisher (7) Yellow Bittern (1) Yellow-vented Bulbul (3) Zebra Dove (1) Zitting Cisticola (1) Zosterops meyeni (10) Zosterops montanus (3)