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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Storm chasing

A huge thunderstorm just rolled through Sydney, so I decided to try a little storm chasing. Some random observations:

Good points:
1. My Nikon D70 can take 2000 shots with a 1GB SD card set for high resolution
2. The rapid shoot feature enables around 20 shots to be buffered in on-board memory in a matter of seconds ... way cool.

Bad points:
1. Lightning is faster than human reflexes
2. You take a lot of shots to capture anything.

Here's one of the ones that wasn't black on black.

Reminds me of the Bruce Sterling book Heavy Weather - a good read. If I was being harsh, I'd claim it was shamelessly plagiarised in parts for the film Twister (though that had some basis in the lives of real weather reporters in the US).

This could be the start of a new career! Drive like crazy, watch cool storms, and get electrocuted by 20 bajillion watts of power unleashed in the blink of an eye. Oh, and there'd be beer :-)


  • If you listen very carefully, and watch very carefully, you'll know what the strike is going to happen. Catch is you have to focus on just one section of the clouds. It's best to do this with the camera setup, using a remote shutter trigger.

    By Blogger Shoobie, at 12:06 PM  

  • That will be an experience for you..The next time you chase you'll capture more and attractive photos..Going for a chase is just something that will truly turns on your adrenaline and the excitement as well..For every chase there's always a unforgettable experience..Good luck to you..

    By Anonymous wxman, at 10:51 PM  

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