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Yosemite Thunderstorm

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 23 August 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

An afternoon Thunderstorm rolls over the Yosemite High Sierra Range

NIKON D4 1/4 second F/14.0 ISO 100 24 mm

Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

Great timing, gives just that little extra to an already amazing landscape!

23 Aug 2013 6:17am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Rather like Don Smith's recent Spotlight image for quality and consistency. Do you also use some form of device to trigger the shutter during electric storms Scott?

23 Aug 2013 8:45am

@Curly: Yes, for daytime lightning I use the lightning trigger which works very well for medium to stronger strikes. I set it at 1/4 second, Shutter priority for the image. During daytime you will often need to use lower the iso, use a polarizer and/or an ND filter to get a 1/4 exposure. You have to test out settings carefully to ensure that you are not overexposing the brighter sections of the image. i also shoot in RAW which gives a bit more control for exposure in the final processing.

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada


23 Aug 2013 10:30am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful shot ... and the same question - a lightning trigger?

23 Aug 2013 4:00pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Absolutely, yes for daytime images. See response for Curly above. During night or late evening I prefer to shoot in 30 second exposures, without the trigger.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! The mountains are just beautiful!

23 Aug 2013 9:36pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant work! the drama is superb and the capture of the lightning is perfect!

24 Aug 2013 1:01pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

WOW! That's some scary lightning! Awesome capture!

29 Aug 2013 10:53am

Kira Lucier from YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, United States

Scott, may I use this image in a ranger program?

12 Jun 2018 1:20am