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    lightning bolt

    caught this one while sitting on the porch and it hit it about half a mile away. any comments welcome.
    Nikon 70 w/ 50mm f/1.8d
    Settings: f/22 15 seconds
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    That Is A Big Bolt

    Quote Originally Posted by statebirdme
    caught this one while sitting on the porch and it hit it about half a mile away. any comments welcome.
    Nikon 70 w/ 50mm f/1.8d
    Settings: f/22 15 seconds

    That's also a close hit!

    Next time you get the opportunity to shoot lightning, try to set up where the roof doesn't protrude as much into the frame.

    What camera was this? N70 or D70?

    If it was a N70, what film did you use?
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    nikion n70

    i used a nikon n70 with Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400. do you have any suggestions on keeping rain from hitting the camera and lens while taking the exposure?

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    Here's a suggestion...

    Shoot from a distance, preferrably where it isn't raining! ;)

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    Talking Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

    Quote Originally Posted by statebirdme
    i used a nikon n70 with Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400. do you have any suggestions on keeping rain from hitting the camera and lens while taking the exposure?

    That's my everyday film! I use it for weddings as well. Great stuff! Good colors and detail, and it's very reasonably priced.

    Keeping your gear dry runs the gauntlet of ideas. Like Brian said, try to shoot where it's not raining. Hard to do in coastal NC, so I have a problem with that one. Out west they try to get ahead of the storm to shoot lightning. Here, it's usually raining when it's lightning.

    Depending on how large a porch/overhang you have, just try to pull back further. Or, see if you can find a building like an open warehouse to shoot out of. Some use an old fashioned umbrella. As the old adage goes: "If it's dumb and it works, then it ain't dumb." Finally, depending on your budget, there are several companies that make raingear to fit over your camera and lens so you can shoot in the rain without your gear getting ruined. Check the sponsors on this site, and check an issue of Outdoor Photographer. You will find various products there.

    Hope this helps. Keep shooting and keep posting!
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