Some storm pics from Lima, Ohio

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maersksealand3329

Son of a Conrail fan
Attached are some of my storm pics from here in Lima, Ohio.

First one was taken on Tuesday august 9th between Elida and Delphos, Ohio along the CF&E off a road called Grubb Rd. It was quite interesting to see 2 rain bands with a what looked like the sun shining through. This shot was featured on the 11:00 PM weather cast on the local news program Your News Now here in Lima, Ohio
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Second up is from the same day, but shot at McKibben St on the CSX Toledo Sub of what looked like the trailing edge of the same thunderstorm from pic one. It was kinda cool to see the sun rays coming from behind the cloud.
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The Last 2 were taken on August 13th at Flanders Ave here in Lima, Ohio. The third one was also featured on Your News Now-First Edition at 6:00 am on that weather cast as well.
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The fourth one I put in was taken at the same spot, but this one had a lighting bolt horizontal to me where I was standing.
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All pics were taken by me with my Nikon D3000, after looking up the settings I needed for lighting pics. the settings I had my Nikon on were spot on, so I may try again tonight to see If I fare any better than this first attempt with A DSLR

All I am asking for is your feedback on these pics, what you guys feel about them. I am not asking to be slammed in any way-that as a reminder will not be tolerated.

Thanks for looking.
 

Railgeek

Latte with extra FOAM!
Were you using a tripod? It may help with the sharpness if you also use the "Mirror lock-up" function on your camera if it has one. (I'm pretty sure the D3000 has it.) I brought my 5D along just for lightning shots when I visited my aunt in Somerville, OH on a vacation, but alas, there were no storms that week.
 

maersksealand3329

Son of a Conrail fan
Were you using a tripod? It may help with the sharpness if you also use the "Mirror lock-up" function on your camera if it has one. (I'm pretty sure the D3000 has it.) I brought my 5D along just for lightning shots when I visited my aunt in Somerville, OH on a vacation, but alas, there were no storms that week.
First two I didnt have to, but the second two I had to use my tripod. Been working on Lightring and train pics lately, although with this strech of sunny weather-its getting a little hard to do. My D3000 has that function, but I cant remember how I ended up getting to it.

Hopefully I'll have some more storm pics to post here soon.
 

Railgeek

Latte with extra FOAM!
I've been wanting to get more lightning photos, but the weather here in Washington doesn't cooperate.... Maybe 1 or 2 lightning storms per year, and even then those storms aren't that good.
 

Pat

Photo Critiques Welcome
Of the four the second one draws the eye the most. There is some mystery about it. It’s obviously rained and is the storm passing and calm returning or is the darkness behind the camera an approaching twister? The Quonset hut and the puddles give just enough foreground subject while the silhouette shows a town but doesn’t compete with the sky.

The storm is interesting in the first one but it competes with the road and power line. A low angle from the bean field would look really good.
 




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