Stormy Weather

64The news from New York prompted me to dig out this shot taken many years ago on slide film. It’s my only reasonably successful image of lightning. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original to attempt a new scan and this copy was a bit of a mess.

Shooting lightning is, of course, completely hit and miss. The technique is to leave the shutter open for several seconds at a time and hope that one or more bolts of lightning strike during that time. That should also allow a certain amount of ambient light to register in the foreground, although this shot was taken in the middle of the night – you don’t get to control when the storm hits. Obviously being outside in a thunderstorm with a camera on a tripod isn’t the cleverest idea in the world, and this one was taken through my bedroom window!

The ones that got away – part I

61My hard drive is littered with the photos that got away; the ones that I took and then never got round to using. Usually it’s because I didn’t do anything with them within a week or two of taking them, and then they just slipped out of my mind. I’m careless like that…

Every now and then when I get a bit of spare time I’m planning to look back through my archives and dig out the shots that I think are worth a second look and give them an airing. They might be from model shoots or, as in today’s examples, random wanderings with my camera. These photos were taken in December 2007, when I was still a member of the London Photographic Meetup Group. We’d meet once a month and wander round different parts of London taking pictures before retiring to the pub. Read More…