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Subject: [Leica] Thunderstorm last night
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 21:16:41 -0500
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Very good lightning shot.  One of the best I have seen.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Aram Langhans" <leicar at>
To: <lug at>
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 7:34 PM
Subject: [Leica] Thunderstorm last night

> Forgive the possible multiple posts, but my last two attempts came back to 
> me.
> We had a small thunderstorm roll through at dusk yesterday.  I have never 
> seen lightning at this time of the day, where there was still some color 
> in the sky and clouds, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I shot 50 frames 
> and only caught lightning on two of them.  Had the camera (Rebel XTi) set 
> on sequential exposure, and the shutter at 5 or 8 seconds, and the cable 
> release clicked on so I did not have to stand there.  It would fire one 
> shot, then write it to disk then fire the next shot.  Last time I did this 
> was with my R8 and motor winder and it worked well.  Problem with the 
> digital Rebel is that after each 5 second exposure it took about 10 
> seconds to write the info to the card before it took the next shot.  So, I 
> missed about 66% of the time.  And, every time I saw a great bolt, I 
> looked over to the camera and it was still writing the previous exposure. 
> Drats.  Maybe a 50 D would write faster?  I think it has something to do 
> with the null exposure when using long shutter speeds.  Maybe I could turn 
> that off if I looked at the manual.
> did catch this one, however.
> comments and criticism welcome.
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