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Wow wow wow this storm... it's amazing, constant flashes deluge of tropical style rain, pink lightning too, and like every type of thunder low long grumbles crackles booming omg this storm is gonna take some beating, my poor kitty snuggled under my arm, he don't seem to like it haha xxx 

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Holy crap not bad eh ? Am well chuffed with this

That was amazing. The closest to lightning i've ever been....this was Warlingham area (Just oustide Croydon)...    

What a night it was, one of the best storms I have ever seen, maybe even better than July 3rd 2015! I some many great pictures on here today, so I thought I would share some of mine.  

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1 minute ago, snowprincesspboro said:

Wow wow wow this storm... it's amazing, constant flashes deluge of tropical style rain, pink lightning too, and like every type of thunder low long grumbles crackles booming omg this storm is gonna take some beating, my poor kitty snuggled under my arm, he don't seem to like it haha xxx 

Gaahhh I can see it from here in Skellingthorpe 50 miles away, why cant it move 50 miles up lol

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One of the best thunderstorms I've ever seen. Still flashing away multiple times a minute but now tailing off here in NW Kent. Not exaggerating when I say we had around 45 minutes with lightning every c.5/10 seconds.

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Just now, Paul Sherman said:

Like taking candy from a baby tonight!

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If you don't mind me asking Paul, what camera settings do you recommend using for lightning photography? Tonight I've been using ISO200, f-stop between 16-25 and an exposure time of around 15-20 seconds. I've managed two photos I'm happy with but the rest have come out kind of sub standard. Am I in the right ballpark or is there something I'm missing? Many thanks if you can give me some pointers. 

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Just now, Paul Roberts said:

If you don't mind me asking Paul, what camera settings do you recommend using for lightning photography? Tonight I've been using ISO200, f-stop between 16-25 and an exposure time of around 15-20 seconds. I've managed two photos I'm happy with but the rest have come out kind of sub standard. Am I in the right ballpark or is there something I'm missing? Many thanks if you can give me some pointers. 

Pretty much bang on mate - I use between F7 And F11 with about 10-15 second exposures and ISO 100 AND 200

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Just now, Paul Sherman said:

Pretty much bang on mate - I use between F7 And F11 with about 10-15 second exposures and ISO 100 AND 200

Great stuff. I'll alter my f-stop a little and see if that gets me better results. Much appreciated. 

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What makes energy transfer around a storm cell? Just when it seemed a pink core was on a direct path it died out only to be replaced by a pink core a little further East. 

Getting rogue overhead flashes from the decaying core which was far more active on approach.

Wouldn't bet against the energy transferring back again.

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Wooooo! 

Woken about half an hour ago to an awesome storm! Frequent, strobe like lightning, loud, booming thunder and even a positive CG not long ago! Awesome! 

I should be asleep but that's not happening...!

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Unfortunately this far-north it's starting to get that time in the morning when we lose the darkness and it gets increasingly hard to see any lightning unless it's almost above, hopefully if things can sustain themselves the warmth of the rising sun can at least keep things going and i'll at least get a better view of the structures underneath.

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Just now, SNOW_JOKE said:

Unfortunately this far-north it's starting to get that time in the morning when we lose the darkness and it gets increasingly hard to see any lightning unless it's almost above, hopefully if things can sustain themselves the warmth of the rising sun can at least keep things going and i'll at least get a better view of the structures underneath.

The storms today doesnt seem to want to move any further North from Peterborough :/ I'm hoping we still get something, I'd like to sleep but I dont want to miss out smh. We should be good for darkness for another hour or so

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Starting to move away now. Not sure how long it had been going before it woke me up but my parents said they'd been hearing thunder for about an hour.

Probably our best storm of 2017 so far, and our 10th day of thunder of the year. Not bad.

Now the simple matter of getting back to sleep...

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Things are really starting to quieten down here. The rain is easing and the lightning is a lot less frequent. Still getting some very bright flashes though.

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15 minutes ago, Vikki Roche said:

This has to be the best storm I've seen in years. Lots of lightning and really loud thunder!

Definitely not here I’m not far from you? Pretty bog standard round these parts N/NW Kent seem to have done well! There was one terrific gunshot boom of thunder incredibly loud it must have woke the whole square up. Very underwhelmed I don’t know what it is but the beefy charged stuff always seems to track east or west of here it has been a poor year so far. Goodnight folks signing out. 

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I can see some clear skies coming through as the moon is in sight, but still distant flashes with the cloud in the distance, not sure whether to call it a night now, whether the cloud is heading in our direction or just moving east idk

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3 minutes ago, Arnie Pie said:

High cloud beginning to fill in over brum atm......a couple of cells to the direct South and east of me....just need them to ignite....please

Me too, even though I'd been contemplating having a snooze.

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