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    Default Positive Streamer Photo

    Been shooting lightning for 15+ years. Ones like this dont come often, especially ones with clearly visable positive streamers. I'm curious how common / rare this is. Anyone?
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    W O W *officially jealous now* I have NO luck with lightning ... that's MASSIVE!! Good job!
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    I would imagine getting an upward leader isn't overly rare. Getting a cg that close and nice would be more so. Great shot!



    Crop off one I got in 2008 from my Wichita Falls motel room.


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    The upward streamers are quite common with close-up shots. None-the-less very impressive shots!. I've shot trees and other things being hit by lgt. with multiple upward streamers.

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    Mike...your shot is interesting as there must have been a little shake on that balcony, as you can see three (the thirds is very, very faint) images of the cg strike. Or...I was wondering if it might have been the glass you were shooting through...I can see that with the third faint image of the cg....but the other main stike and the lesser one just to the right look like camera shake on the multiple pulses going up and down.

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    Love love love!! Excellent, thank you for posting your catch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Foster View Post
    Mike...your shot is interesting as there must have been a little shake on that balcony, as you can see three (the thirds is very, very faint) images of the cg strike. Or...I was wondering if it might have been the glass you were shooting through...I can see that with the third faint image of the cg....but the other main stike and the lesser one just to the right look like camera shake on the multiple pulses going up and down.
    Maybe not Jason. Some strikes I've noticed have that appearance. Here's one of my lightning shots from last year, in which it kind of looks like the strike "Vibrated" (Definitely not a technical term) of some sort. I was using my cable release at the time with a very sturdy tripod.


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    Maybe one of the really knowledgeable folks can verify this, but I'm thinking I've read about a very strong wind 'moving' the path of the bolt and return strokes during a multiple strike with slow lightning. I'm aware that 'slow' is a very relative term when it comes to lightning.

    Notice in Jeremy's photo that the movement or distortion of the path is greater the higher above the ground you look. I'd be happy to know if someone else has heard this theory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Foster View Post
    Mike...your shot is interesting as there must have been a little shake on that balcony, as you can see three (the thirds is very, very faint) images of the cg strike. Or...I was wondering if it might have been the glass you were shooting through...I can see that with the third faint image of the cg....but the other main stike and the lesser one just to the right look like camera shake on the multiple pulses going up and down.
    Given mine was through the window I'd imagine for sure that is what mine is from, double pane glass. It was just sort of one of those, heck may as well just shoot through the window deals. Now I have a decent setup for shooting in rain/sprinkles. Put paper towels or something on camera and stick a 100-400L lens hood on my 17-40L and put the lens to 40mm. Just a tiny bit of the ring shows. And you can shoot in anything but pouring rain or anything without tons of wind blowing at you. Or I could just make a mount back in teh car more and stop mounting to the window lol.

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    Faidley and Hollingshead were the 2 chasers i was hoping would respond to this thread. Faidley's book and video published in the early 90's kick started my chase career. I still get star struck seeing the "Shadow Chaser" in field (unless he's driving the other way). Warren always takes the time to discuss the days event, so thanx for that as well.

    Hollingshead's photos blow me away(and churn my stomach in jealousy). One of his chase blogs last year described a SD supercell (I believe it was last June)... the one with the low low inflow tail. His description of the constant CG's reminded me of this particular storm. This cell too had an incredibly fast moving inflow tail (fastest ive seen) while CG's cracked under a high base well away from any rain shaft about every 2-3 seconds (his cell was described as "CG's every second"). Thanx everyone!

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