Electric Photo of the Week (Aug 5-11)

maine lighting stormNancy and I took a mini-vacation to Maine, where we met my Mom and stepfather, and explored Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Flying into Portland we hopped in our car and drove 3 hours in a torrential downpour. Things finally cleared up on our arrival into Bar Harbor, however, the above lightening show was still on view from our hotel balcony. How do you shoot a lightening storm? I really had never tried before and this one was a beauty that really lit up the sky and bay. My first guess was to expose it for as long as I could with the Ricoh GRD point and shoot digital camera and see the results. This gem of a camera can expose for a maximum of 3 minutes. I wanted to get some depth of field so I set the aperture for f/5.6 and attached the camera on my ever-present gorrillapod tripod and let ‘er rip! It looked pretty good, so I then switched the camera to RAW mode (one of the few P&S cameras that let’s you shoot in RAW) and bumped up the aperture to f/6.3. And Viola! The first truly electric photo of the week!


  1. Ruth Dean · August 8, 2007

    Shooting in the RAW…maybe that helped…it’s beautiful!


  2. Gordon · August 8, 2007

    nice stuff. Another great way is supposed to be using a ‘lightning trigger’ this lets you catch this sort of stuff even during the day!


  3. mordy · August 8, 2007

    You need to teach me some stuff. Great work.

  4. mom · August 8, 2007

    you did capture the awesome beauty of the sky. It will remain in our minds for a long time and now you captured in on film too. It was a great visit!

  5. David Brommer · August 8, 2007

    I can smell the ozone. Well done.