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Canon
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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS
Shutter Speed
1 second
Aperture
F/2.8
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6 mm
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80
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Aug 8, 2011, 4:20:15 AM
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Day 219 by FramedByNature Day 219 by FramedByNature
Day 219 of 365

Further proof that you don't need a good camera to take lightning photos. While my 40D was occupied on the tripod doing a timelapse of the lightning display, I got out my PowerShot to entertain myself. This is all I did:

1.) Set the camera to its lowest ISO (80)
2.) Half-pressed the shutter to focus the shot (since it wouldn't focus on an empty black sky, I pointed it at a street light)
3.) Braced the camera against the window
4.) Full-press the shutter when I saw the initial flash of light (which then transformed into the craziest cloud-to-cloud bolt)

Funny that the best photo of the night ended up coming from the PowerShot and not the DSLR. =D

Here's a few of the images taken by the 40D that night: [link]
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Damn Bro.....


cool de-brief..... thanks man..maybe i will get it...
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:icondevan465:
Devan465 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!!! This is incredible! I never knew such a shot could be produced from a point-and-shoot camera! Brilliant job!!
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome! =3
how did you damn well done again? >XD
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Azzeria Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hello :wave:

Your beautiful work has been featured in my journal: [link]

Have a wonderful day!
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Mirli38 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WoW !!!
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JustBePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   Photographer
Woow...this is amazing!! It's scary how it's so beautiful! It's so powerful! Amazing! I have always tried getting shots like this, but I think I lack in patience ;) Thanks for the inspiration! :D
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000-N-000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
like a tree of ligh...
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:iconjavamocha:
javamocha Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
I have had great luck with the powershots. The dendrites are really dense.
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Photographer
Me too. Yeah they are, it was a great bolt. No fooling around and hiding in the rain with this one :o
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skyeconnelly Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Phenomenal!!
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks! :highfive:
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msbelle442 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
very nice!
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you! :)
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Silver-Fantasy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap! How did...omg. :omg: Amazing.
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks! :XD:
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:iconnignag:
NigNag Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Outstanding
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks!
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your deviation has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
:thanks:
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwelcomeplztoo::iconyoureverywelcome::iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconcoolbrain:
coolbrain Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Photographer
insane beautiful :)
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
:thanks:
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JoycelynSiew Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on capturing this on a PowerShot :clap: I know it can be difficult after being used to the flexibility and control of a DSLR. I know I find it difficult :P
Wish I could do this on my PowerShot too, but it recently died :(
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks very much! In a way, point-and-shoots give you more freedom. Maybe not freedom over settings, but freedom of angles and accessibility. I couldn't set up my tripod next to this window, but it was easy to brace the PowerShot against it :)
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Charmey79 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
the most beautiful lightning ive ever seen. +fav
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks! Definitely the best I've captured :aww:
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slytherin-girl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WHOA! Whoa whoa! that's insanely cool! Consider me jealous!! :wow: That's just amazing!!! ♥
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you very much! :dance:
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Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful ... love the color of the sky... really nice shot I am still trying to get good lightning photos my self.
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks! It's a challenge, but so rewarding :)
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Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed I must say .... and welcome :D
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CrazyJigle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Now that is beautiful!
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you :)
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djpuffnstuff Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Dude, Powershots are amazing little cameras. Before I went for my current 50D, I ran with the Rebel series and Powershots. In my very honest opinion, the point-and-shoot produced much better color and clarity than the Rebel XS. Moral of the story is: you can have your fancy cameras with the interchangeable lenses and custom settings, but your back up is always best to be a little point-and-shoot that you know like the back of your hand.
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
I know! My first camera, the SD1000, was a beast. Still works today, though I've managed to get a good amount of dust in the inner mechanics and the gears have been ground down thanks to extensive use... it still takes pictures. The color it captures is better than anything else I've used.
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djpuffnstuff Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My very first digital camera was an SD600. Bulky and low-res, it still got me into photography. My next one was an SD780IS and the colors it could capture... I never thought I would need another camera! Ho! It was a beauty. I still have it and use it. Some 10,000 exposures later and it's still my walk-around camera. :) I moved to Rebels when I started getting into portraits and realized that the point-and-shoots 1) were pretty sketch for people and 2) didn't provide the nice DoF that was awarded to SLRs. Now I shoot a 50D and love it, but the small Powershots will always hold a place in my heart. ^_^
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Photographer
I moved to DSLRs once my PowerShot kinda wore down and I had dust spots in my photos/the gears made bad sounds when I zoomed (too much use). Oh yeah, do you do a lot of portraits? What's your favorite portraiture lens?
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djpuffnstuff Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I dabbled in portraits for a time. Never really did much with it... But when I do people's pictures, it's usually my 50mm f1.4 USM that I break out. It's just incredibly difficult to get anybody to do anything, so I've been doing a lot of lightning and star field pictures.
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Photographer
I have the same lens! Absolutely love it. Glad I went for the 1.4 instead of the 1.8. Definitely a great lens for distant lightning and the Milky Way :)
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djpuffnstuff Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful! One of my first pictures was of the Andromeda galaxy: [link]
It's an extremely versatile lens. Flip it around and it becomes a sweet macro adapter: [link] =P
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Photographer
Flip your 18mm kit lens around and you'll get even crazier results: [link] =D Reverse macro for the win! :la:
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Out-of-this-world AWESOME...!! :eager:
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:iconframedbynature:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you! :highfive:
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cocoa-kiwi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
MIND BLOWN.
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
:laughing:
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4420 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I have always, always wanted to capture thunder....I suspect I don't have the patience for it unfortunately but this is just awesome.
I love how the lightning bolt fills the frame, theres far more detail to the bolt itself than you normally see in shots like this.

Excellent work:wow:
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you so much. I can't believe the bolt filled the frame so well. Needless to say, I got lucky with a good storm on this one :o
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! :wow:
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Photographer
Haha thanks! :dance:
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rsand27 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Awesome shot
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