[PHOTO] Lightning storm over the ocean

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Father McKenzie, Feb 27, 2008.

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    The One Guest

    The One, Mar 8, 2008
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    Robert Brace Guest

    The One:
    How intelligent!
    Witness the rare event of IQ actually matching your shoe size.
    Robert Brace, Mar 8, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Now, Bob, we're talking about a photographer here. I think it's more
    appropriate to compare with the f/stop of a cheap digital camera. After
    all, shoe sizes can easily exceed 8...

    Dudley Hanks, Mar 8, 2008
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    Robert Brace Guest

    Oh, of course, how inappropriate of me.
    I should have known better and I shall remain forever deeply in your
    debt for pointing that out.
    Robert Brace, Mar 9, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    Very nice shot. Some of the others on your flickr page are
    just awesome too. My biggest challenge in doing lightning
    shots is finding somewhere to take them from. Looking out
    over the range escarpment would give some awesome shots, but
    normally when there is a storm the range gets shrouded in
    cloud, so you can't see anything except fog.
    Going west over the Darling Downs might be ok, but yet to
    find a good spot where you have decent visibility, without
    being at risk of getting hit. Storms move very fast around
    here, so you don't get much time to get to a location, and
    having got there, you don't get much of a chance to take
    shots before the storm is literally on top of you.
    Any tips in getting good locations would be greatly
    anticipated :)
    Doug Jewell, Mar 9, 2008
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    Rod Out back Guest


    Don't really know how this location would go, but how far from Toowoomba are

    There's a little church in Drayton that has a view off a slight escarpment
    towards the South-West; looking towards Westbrook. There is a little Park
    (Atherton Pk) opposite the church that is right on the edge of the escarpment. I
    have (last) been up there about 10 years ago, and the view in early mornings
    (especially when there's fog around) and late afternoons, is quite something. I
    have heard it referred to as 'Drayton harbour' when the fog rolls in, as it
    looks like you are standing on the edge of the ocean.

    I expect there might be some great opportunities for lightning shots from the
    same location.

    Church in question is on Beatrice St, between Cambooya & Glennie Sts, in
    Drayton. Interesting to see it doesnt come up as a church in either Mapsource or
    Google, and yet friends of mine got married there some 12 years ago..

    Mapsource gives me the (decimal) co-ordinates of S27.60044 & E151.91062, or
    S27 35' 55" & E151 54' 41"

    If you are based around the area, it might be worth a look, but I dont know if
    I'd drive a long way for it.

    Just a thought.


    Rod Out back, Mar 9, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    Yeah I know the spot well - have used it in the past for
    night time shots, because it is one of the few places that
    gives a dark sky view of the southern sky, without venturing
    too far out of town.
    This shot was taken at that location:
    There's powerlines there though :( [1]

    The church is quite photogenic as well :)

    I have tried that spot for storms a couple of times, but by
    the time I got there (I live pretty much the opposite side
    of town), the storm had already rolled in. The other drama
    with it is that it is starting to get quite built up around
    there, so you have a fairly narrow view before you. If the
    storm isn't coming in from that direction, you don't see much.

    One plus of that location though - with the 4GR transmitter
    right there, in theory if some lightning gets a bit close,
    the transmitter should take the hit instead of the photographer!

    [1] Friggin powerlines - I know we need em and all, but
    geeze they're a pain when they cut past lookouts. Not sure
    if you're familiar with Nimbin (the hippy town), but was
    down there last week, and tried to take a shot of the rock
    formation just outside town. Pretty much every location had
    friggin powerlines cutting straight through the shot. The
    only way to get rid of them would be to venture onto private

    Another location that gives a good view to the west is
    Gowrie Mountain, but again, friggin powerlines.

    @#$! [email protected]#$ %[email protected]# %[email protected]#@# @#$% powerlines!
    Doug Jewell, Mar 9, 2008
  8. I find it rather interesting all your comments this year have been
    directed at my pictures and always negative.
    Can you please post some of your photos so I know who the genius is that
    hates my photos.
    Father McKenzie, Mar 9, 2008
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    Rob. Guest

    besides that where did you take that from?

    Rob., Mar 10, 2008
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    Father McKenzie, Mar 10, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    just ignore the stupid troll, dude.

    good moment, BTW.
    Noons, Mar 10, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Sorry, maybe I should have said "this photo isn't very good."
    The One, Mar 16, 2008
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    Robert Brace Guest

    That, and providing the parameters by which you made the judgment, would at
    least show a modicum of intelligence and maturity.
    Robert Brace, Mar 16, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Why, mine would be slated no matter. All because this photo isn't very good.
    The One, Mar 17, 2008
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