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Tuesday May 26, 2009

Allen, TX (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: I am wondering if there is a name for the blow-out area in the lightning bolt and what causes it. Anyone know? Handheld with a shutter speed of 1/8 sec. thus not as sharp as I would have liked.

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon EOS 30D

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Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Windows

YCbCr Positioning: co-sited

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 1/8 sec.

FNumber: f/4.0

Exposure Program: Manual

ISO Speed Ratings: 400

Exif Version: Exif Version 2.21

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Shutter speed: 3.00 EV (APEX: 2, 1/8 sec.)

Aperture: 4.00 EV (f/4.0)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

Metering Mode: Pattern

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 24.0 mm

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Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Manual white balance

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4. wanderingtexgrrl
2:12 AM GMT on June 01, 2009
I appreciate the comments...but the part that I speak of is a quality of the lightning, not as a result of my shutter speed. If we think about it how do you ever expose for lightning? It is always a blownout area of the photo, you just can't expose for it, lightning is hotter than the sun, so whenever we capture an image of it, the whites are "blown out". My question pertained to the broad area of lightning that we see above the treeline, not the part that is obviously the bolt.

My shutter speed merely resulted in a softer image than I would have liked. It is getting a little tough to hand hold at that slow speed. Sorry about the confusion.
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3. paperman1916
10:03 AM GMT on May 31, 2009
Don't care if you goofed or not but this photo went to my desktop. Think it came out great you caught it all
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2. ftogrf
5:00 PM GMT on May 30, 2009
I think it's caused by the lightning coming out of the cloud, therefore more brighter, causing the "over" exposure. By using a longer shutterspeed, you could end up with a result like this. But on the positive side, it makes the picture look more "explosive" Plus, the closer you are to the lightning, the brighter it gets.
Still it's a very cool picture, specially with the clouds being exposed this good. You must had some really nasty weather.
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1. charlesimages
4:56 PM GMT on May 30, 2009
Nice one!
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