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Behind the lens: How to capture a lightning strike? Very carefully.

A lightning bolt illuminates the sky over Crystal Beach and St. Joseph Sound on Sunday night (7/17/2016).

[DOUGLAS R CLIFFORD | Times]

A lightning bolt illuminates the sky over Crystal Beach and St. Joseph Sound on Sunday night (7/17/2016).

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I was driving in North Pinellas and noticed what seemed to be dozens of lightning strikes all around me, but mostly towards the coast, so I drove out to Crystal Beach to make a picture. I was reluctant to use the tripod because it is aluminum — lightning tends to like aluminum — so I quickly set the camera up, distancing myself from it using a remote trigger, just in case. I made about 25 frames, eventually capturing one of the strikes.

Camera specs: Canon 1n Mark II, iso 640, f/18, 4 sec

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:44am]

    

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