I read a blog recently, which is a bit old (May, 2011) but had one line that left me a bit… We’ll say curious.
I beg to differ. Too often we define ourselves as limited. We decide “We can’t do that, so we’ll use a tool to do it for us. We’ll cheat.” and just accept that as reality. The truth of the matter is, we CAN catch a lightning strike! I have personally done this with a relatively cheap point-and-shoot camera.
No long exposures. No tricks. No Photoshop. Just good timing on my part.
I’m not saying it’s easy to get a shot of lightning, quite the opposite. It can be a royal pain in the rear. You will get many shots of nothing, which some will see as a waste of good opportunities you could have had with long exposures. I don’t see it that way, because this shot is beautiful, simple, and un-edited. No cloud noise, no funny lighting, plenty of drama. The only bad thing about this picture, is the lack of quality due to the poor camera I had to shoot it with.
The camera I took this with was a Kodak Z710. I didn’t even use a stand, just waited for the show to start, and clicked when I saw signs of life. I actually caught several strikes that day, but this was the only one that didn’t end up distorted due to the lack of stand. We shall see if my new camera can do any better this spring… Sony NEX-5, which I will write a review of in the coming weeks. I need more shots with it.
I guess my point is: Don’t assume it’s not possible just because you haven’t done it yet.