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Night Lightning Over Scotland from NI Coast - July 14th

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« on: July 16, 2010, 06:22:23 pm »

Thought I would post these just for fun. On Wed night Conor and I drove to the N coast and set up our gear on a cliff overlooking the pitch black Sea hoping to see night time storms over the coast of Scotland. We were rewarded with a very large single cell which produced 5 intense flashes of lightning, we could see the cell light up like a light bulb for a fraction of a sec before darkness returned which was amazing, even could make out i-c bolts. Lightning was bright blue and white. The cells where too far away for proper images but we took exposures anyway for a bit of fun, I caught two. These are 18mm, then a cropped version of each. If that cell had been closer it would have been an amazing photo opp!, that storm was probably 30-40 miles away.







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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 06:44:29 pm »

Ah these are great Martin, the first image is really cool with the rocks by the coast and the lights. You can easily make out the bolt at 18mm, well exposed too  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2010, 06:49:35 pm »

Thanks Paul, first time I have seen night lightning since March 2009. Felt great, it was a thrilling show even though there was only 5 bolts, we had to make up for a bust chase earlier so this made us feel a lot better. Back at 03.00.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2010, 09:45:47 pm »

Well rewarded, Matin and great to be by the ocean at night too-you both sort of do night shifts   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2010, 10:11:02 pm »

Thanks John - lol yes, night shifts everynight, for me it must be for the last 12 years or more  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2010, 01:49:12 am »

Wowzers! Beautifully caught Martin. Wish I'd been there, too as the fact that the storm was over my 'homeland' would have made it an extra special occurrence as far as I'd be concerned.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2010, 03:49:12 am »

Thanks very much Andy  Smiley, your homeland has been producing the goods this year, there certainly has been good thunderstorms there, several times this year I wished I was in Scotland. While I was watching that lightning I was thinking of the great show and the terrifying thunder experienced by those who lived near storm, unaware that two guys from the NI coast were taking images of it from across the water  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2010, 04:17:23 am »

Fantastic shots Martin, what lenght exposure times were used? Great feeling of emptiness with all that darkness over the sea.
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 01:18:56 pm »

Thanks very much Richard, they are all 18mm ISO400..

The bright image is 123 sec's

Dark image is 53 sec's.

I was taking exposures between 1 and 5 min's, the latter was still fairly dark due to the low ambient light from there and cloud cover.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2010, 09:07:31 pm »

Brilliant shots!  Cool
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2010, 11:22:12 pm »

Thanks Mark  Smiley
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