If you look close you can see my friend Elvin surfing the closer of the two peaks(waves) in the foreground. I was keeping my shutter speed relatively quick to be catching a lightning bolt during the exposure, but when I saw Elvin standing up I shouted, “please let me capture Ricky Bobby(nickname) with a lightning bolt!”. As soon as my mouth closed Elvin got to his feet and this lightning bolt struck perfectly in frame. If this sounds incredible…it totally was…but Henry @hendooo was standing right next to me and(I’d assume😜)would happily cooberate the facts. Yet another notch in the belt of the luckiest arsehole with a camera. Many thanks to the powers that be for blessing me with the opportunities to snap an image like this.🙏🏻👆🏻👼🏾👼🏻👼🏿👼🏽
During May I wound up taking my first batch of “double exposures”(yes on a DSLR, so it’s in camera and less tricky) and had a blast. I love how unique every photo tends to be and have shot about 5 sessions worth of them now. Here are some of my favorites from the first couple times I tried them in Mexico.
Nothing makes me smile like a person who constantly creates amazing images on equipment that is anything but top of the line. Most likely because I’m not rich and I’m always seeking max value tools to work with haha. Anyways…recently I shot the same lightning bolt on my GoPro4 silver and Canon 7Dii with tokina 11-20mm 1.8 lens to compare and contrast each setup for anyone interested like myself. I left each camera with the same ISO, F-stop and focal lengths, however I left the shutter on the GoPro4 open twice as long(5 seconds), to compensate for its smaller light collecting sensor. Both shots came out nice and I was shocked at how good the GoPro looked full screen on an HD laptop. Obviously, since the GoPro consists of less pixels(4000×3000 instead of 5400×3600) than the canon image, it degrades quicker upon zooming/cropping. However, at just 25% of the price cost of my canon set up…I think you get about 75-85% of the image quality that I get with my canon at full resolution and almost a negligible difference if your only intent is to use it on a low resolution platform like Instagram etc. So as always, know what you are shooting and why, because maybe you can save some money while you’re skinning the same chicken😜🍻