Den Haag, The Netherlands

Thunder and lightning

Impulsive Photography

Thunder and lightning

Thunderclouds and lightning in the sky
Thunderclouds and lightning in the sky

Thunder in the sky

This picture was shot [again] from my appartment in The Hague. In the middle of the night at 04:30 when a lightning show passed my window in 2014. That night was crazy with thunder and lightning! I already made this shot from an earlier blogpost in that same night (at 01:00)

So I still had my camera ready at the window from the preceding shoot with the 50 mm lens on it. This time I tried making an educated guess where the lightning would be and set the timer on 7 seconds. With an ISO of 100 and an F-number of 6.3, the above result was captured. The reason why I had set the F-number on 6.3 was merely based on the shutterspeed and the ISO, however I am still trying to figure out what the best F-number is for each situation. For this case, I did not want to go too high, because of the amount of light I needed. However I also did not want to go too low because of the focus depth then.

The camera setting was on full manual; a setting that I was trying to experiment with as a beginning photographer in 2014. In post I did a bit of cropping and levelling. No other filters or anything. The picture was made on the spot, without any fancy settings, with a tripod and almost no post production. That made this shot a great impulsive photo!

Camera settings:

Camera Model Canon EOS 1100D
Lens model EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Accesoires used Tripod
Exposure 7 seconds
F-number 6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 50 mm