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August 6th, 2013

Stormscapes Assignment Winner Richard Gottardo

Posted By Christopher Robinson
Calgary Lightning by Richard Gottardo

Calgary Lightning by Richard Gottardo

Photographer Richard Gottardo

“The photo was taken on the night of July 25, 2013.  I found this spot on the hill overlooking the Calgary skyline when I first moved to Calgary about 6 months ago and have been waiting for a good thunderstorm to roll in so I could get some photos of it over the city skyline. Every time there was a chance of some lightning for the city I would wait there to try and capture some photos of it. Finally on the 25th of July, a fairly intense lightning storm moved in and I was able to capture it!
“I was shooting continuous 8 second exposures to capture the lightning which I then brought into Lightroom and stacked together to show all the lightning strikes. In total that photo consists of 11 consecutive 8 second exposures. I actually wrote up a tutorial a while back going into a lot more detail on the method, you can find it here if you like: http://www.richardgottardo.com/how-to-photograph-lighting-a-tutorial/
Gottardo used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Manual Focus lens.



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  1. Tom McKelvey Says:

    Congrats Richard, well done!
    Also thanks for the excellent tutorial!

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  3. Steve P Says:

    Very nice photo! However, on the lens description, a “Tilt S___ Manual Focus” lens???
    Perhaps this lens is more useful for photographing an unstable Porta-Potty.

  4. Christopher Robinson Says:

    Thanks for catching that typo. It’s been corrected.

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