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Lightning over Mumbai

Lightning over Mumbai 1Our TV is still on the fritz (and our building elevator and internet went out last night) from the continuing electrical storms in the area. We had some neighbors come up to watch the show in our apartment last night, and they talked me into trying to get some pictures.

Now, going up onto the roof of a building in the middle of an electrical storm is probably not a real smart idea, but we waited until things moved off a bit, and then jury-rigged a setup as we stood around in the water (smart) with the camera sitting on top of a metal table (smarter) elevated higher above an air duct (smartest). Setting the camera to take a 6 second picture, I pointed it out and tried my luck.

Lightning over Mumbai 2

Wow! Striking the Arabian Sea right outside our window...

I got quite a few pictures with no lightning at all (of course), and most of the first shots were way out of focus, but I did get a couple of ‘keepers.’ It is pretty interesting how much lighter the first scene is, just because of the number of bolts that hit during the exposure.

The photos have been cropped to be the correct size for a desktop wallpaper, so enjoy if you want. In any case, now you know why we’ve been having all these electrical problems!

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3 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. So that’s how it’s done…you have no idea how many times I have tried to photograph lightening…your pics are fantastic and totally gives you bragging rights!

    1. susan on September 24th, 2009 at 3:38 am
  2. Awesome and beautiful!

    2. Rob on September 24th, 2009 at 9:01 am
  3. Just FYI,here are the camera settings and such: Canon XSi, Sigma 18-200mm zoom lens set at 51mm, f22, 6 second exposure, 100 ISO. I thought 100 ISO would be best to get as much detail as possible, 6 second exposure because that just seemed like a good number, and f22 because I figured I wanted everything clear…

    3. Dave on September 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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