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My piece de resistance: (drumroll please...)  

I've just been going through my phones photos from yesterday. Apart from the two oversized bras on next door's washing, this popped up: Finally got one!!

From what I understand, the current isolated storm cells have developed on a convergence wave tied into the circulation of the depression in Biscay. This "wave" will rotate and traverse slo

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I can confirm the cell in Northamptonshire as the bright lightening woke me up. However it's gone quiet for now and I think that's because it's only just gone up, it might be a sign of storms about to break out elsewhere between the cold front and further east.

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3 minutes ago, West Sussex Kate said:

Anyone from Basingstoke still on here?

Yes I am sat just to the SW of Basingstoke. Holy crap just saw another massive CG. So much pent up energy being released tonight.

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3 minutes ago, NorthernJord said:

Watching too, dd you see that great GC into the sea a few minutes ago?

The one to the right? that was a belter, beads of plasma coming off it for those few thousands of a seconds after it dissipated. Would be interesting to find out wether any Fulgurites are found in the coming few days on the southern beaches.

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9 minutes ago, Supacell said:

I am still out here and sat just outside Basingstoke where I have been for the past hour. Unbelievable thunder and lightning, bolts, shotgun thunder and torrential rain. This reminds me if the storms i remember as a kid! It's still going too. I am so happy, despite the fact I have to be at work tomorrow and will be so tired!!!

Pop in for a cup of tea if you like. I'm up, photographing lightning. Bring biscuits.

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2 minutes ago, Paul Roberts said:

S**t. I knew there was something...

What is your best lens for capturing lightning btw? Im not the best at quick captures, I like still objects when I take photos. 

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4 minutes ago, Mesoscale said:

What is your best lens for capturing lightning btw? Im not the best at quick captures, I like still objects when I take photos. 

These aren't quick captures, it's fairly long exposure and the lens was standard issue with the camera (an entry level EOS1200D) It's the widest angle lens I have to hand. I'm using a canon 18-55mm zoom lens which is currently in need of a good service, on manual shooting with the setup being anywhere between 30-60 second exposure, F/stop between 11 and 16, ISO 200. And of course I have a shutter release cable attached. These settings seem to work for me; that said I am happy to hear advice from others which may help improve the process. I'm just experimenting at the moment and it's the first time I've had a decent lightning photo result.

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