Grab Bag — Trailhead Photography, Greg Hill Video


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Out camping and jeeping this past weekend near Buena Vista, Colorado. Quite the lightning show to the south of us. Got out the camera and tried to capture a few.

Lightning

Department of artistic productions: I just got an email from randonnee racer Greg Hill, with a link to a cool little video. The guy must be a mutant, doesn’t he ever rest? Here be the link. I like the style of this vid — kind of a quick glimpse inside a mountain man’s head, with a bit of crazy Canuk attitude for spice. Comments on, let Greg know what you think.

Comments

3 Responses to “Grab Bag — Trailhead Photography, Greg Hill Video”

  1. steve romeo August 14th, 2006 8:09 am

    Hey Greg,

    Goes to show that we go through life the same way…dreaming of winter!

    I just bought plane tickets to New Zealand to cure my fix!!

    Steve

  2. Scott Harris August 14th, 2006 3:47 pm

    Nice pic Lou. Can you share your EXIF info on the picture? Also, any technique (tripod, etc.) that you used?

  3. Lou August 14th, 2006 7:37 pm

    Scott, I use a tripod (have to for that kind of shot), using manual exposure I set a tight F stop then guess at the exposure time, and take a few test shots (assuming I’m shooting when there is still evening light, otherwise you just set the camera up to stay open as long as you want, then wait for the lightning). The idea is to use a long exposure time that keeps the camera shutter open waiting for the lightning. Then you just keep taking shots till you run out of memory card. During some shots the lightning will strike and that’s when you get the nice image. The thing I have the hardest time with is if I’m trying to get a foreground as I did in this shot, as I want the foreground to be in focus as well as the distant lightning. For this shot I set the lens at infinity, then backed off a hair so I had hyperfocal distance and got as much of the foreground in focus as possible. If necessary I then make up for slightly out of focus foreground by a bit of extra sharpening in Photoshop. A headlamp is essential for fiddling around with the lens and camera settings.

    It also might work to just set the camera exposure on TV and dial in a nice long time, but then the exposure could get whacked out because of different light in the clouds and such.

    Either way, if there is much evening light it also helps to use a low ISO so the camera wants to do nice long time exposures, and the resulting shots have less noise.

    Here is the EXIF:

    Original date/time: 2006:08:12 11:24:54
    Exposure time: 10/1
    Shutter speed: 10.00
    F-stop: 13.0
    ISO speed: 100
    Focal length: 18.0000
    Flash: Not fired
    Exposure mode: Manual
    White balance: Auto
    Orientation: Top-left
    Aperture: 7.4009
    Exposure bias: 0.0000
    Metering mode: Pattern
    Exposure program: Manual

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