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During this photo experience I was looking to capture a engaging photograph. One that stokes an emotion in the viewer. This was shot with my Nikon D5000 and a 28-70mm macro lens. It was a 3 sec exposure, and the light was measured with an expo disc. After the shot I adjusted the exposure and contrast slightly and brought in the highlights. Thanks for your time and feedback!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jan 2002 - 11:29 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:3sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Awesome Power
Username:photorocker photorocker
Uploaded:29 Jun 2013 - 4:08 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Chrisjaz
Chrisjaz  3 France
29 Jun 2013 - 5:17 PM

Brilliant capture

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10898 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2892 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2013 - 5:20 PM

Fear is the emotion!


It looks like you were quite close to this at 28mm, as my first thoughts were how nice it would be to see the full length of the strike, as you may see streamers coming up from the ground to meet it.

I have not tried to take shots of strikes, but as far as I know, the usual method, from a position of complete darkness, is to use a bulb exposure so the shutter is open. ISO 100; long exposure noise reduction on; and cover the lens with a card if you want, removing it only for the strike, then ending the bulb exposure.

As it is, its quite good. I think the length of exposure was too long, and you have some very bright light spill over, though if you had used ISO 100 you may have been spot on. Remember the light you will capture will be exceptionally bright, and thats the job for ISO 100.


I cant suggest a lot, - perhaps sharpen a little more after resizing for the upload, reduce the highlights a little - and use the sRGB colour profile for web images. Done in the mod, scroll up and click the modifications tab.


regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom858 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2013 - 9:36 AM

Strong simple image. Try and copy it so quite unusual and thus interesting. Not perfect technically, but I've never managed one so good this close.

Paul

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