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Lightning pictures at Grand Haven, Friday Night

Right now the forecast calls for thunderstorms on Friday evening. If that holds true I will be heading out to the picnic shelter at Grand Haven State Park to try to get some lightning shots. You need a tripod, a cable release and know how to use your camera in fully manual mode. You also need a ton of patience because this is really hit and miss. I plan on arriving in time to catch the sunset.

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  • William E.

    Where are the pictures of the lightning

    July 27, 2013

    • Ken K

      Sorry Bill there was no lightning. The forecast was wrong. Maybe some future date

      July 27, 2013

  • Ken K

    Well Mother Nature didn't bring her flash. It was actually a nice evening. I went walkabout in Grand Haven trying to salvage the evening. GH at night isn't a target rich environment. I had to result to the "zoom while the shutter is open" technique to get some shots.

    1 · July 27, 2013

    • Gert W.

      I'm sorry I didn't make it - too much beer and too little enthusiasm :) Thanks for organizing though. The best opportunities are when you have a thunder cells coming through - the rain yesterday was too widely spread but you don't know that up front.

      July 27, 2013

    • Kevin

      Well that's a bummer, at least ya got out on a Friday night though. :)
      Gert, what beer did you partake?

      July 27, 2013

  • Gert W.

    I have a function on in GR and may be late or not make it but here are some tips if you haven't done it before. I wrote this long note with about what to do and tips and my technique to shoot lightning but there is a 1000 character limit to these posts (*$#(#*475)(&. I don't like putting links like this but I had to post it to my facebook page if you are interested. https://www.facebook.com/wallisphotography

    See my flicr link posted below for some old GH Pier lightning photos.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gertwallis/sets/72157604124933826/

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Cari P.

      Gert, Your photos on Flikr are great! Tonight doesn't seem that good for T-storms now. . .

      July 26, 2013

    • Gert W.

      Cari - thanks. Wish I can access them - Yahoo archived my account due to not enough use. Yeah, I didn't make it either - my thing in GR involved beer and waned my enthusiasm to get wet without any lightning activity. Most of those were taken by being a light sleeper and when I heard the first thunderclap, go to the Internet to see the level of activity and then going out. Even then spotty success. 90% were after 12 pm.

      July 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hey Gert , i thought i met you before, I was shooting the bear lake tri in Ludington area and you were there at the shore with your[masked] or something. I contacted you about shooting for fast photo pro at one point a couple years ago, i ffound the email. I am trying to camp in GH this weekend to shoot the Coast Guard Run so i may be in on this event but can't say yes yet since i don't know if i will secure a camp site or not.

    July 24, 2013

    • Kevin

      And how is the ankle doing now,
      Full recovery?

      July 26, 2013

    • Gert W.

      Great - thanks for asking. I was supposed to do that tri and thats the last time I ever was on a bike or did a run.

      July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody still around?

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at dee lite diner in grand haven in corner booth by the window if anyone wants to join me. waiting for the storm to move in more.

    July 26, 2013

  • Cari P.

    Hi Gert, Thanks for all the info! I have something in GR as well but may try to head out to the lake if the conditions appear to be right. Will see if it works . . .

    July 25, 2013

  • Kimberlee K.

    I am a newbie... May I come to watch & learn?

    July 25, 2013

    • Ken K

      Of course you are welcome

      July 25, 2013

  • Gert W.

    Ken, I have done this a lot and the time is never guaranteed. I generally make a decision on whether to go or not based on what the Internet say about the lightning activity. In my experience most of these storms tend to hit between 11 pm and 3 am. You have to be dedicated to do it. If you do, you will be rewarded :)


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gertwallis/sets/72157604124933826/

    July 24, 2013

    • Gert W.

      Thanks - those were from a couple of years ago.

      July 25, 2013

    • Gert W.

      I don't think f11 will let enough light in unless the . Based on your question, I created a long posting on how to do it but this forum has a 1000 character limit.

      July 25, 2013

  • Jim N

    I am going to Bay City for the weekend otherwise I would be there. Grand Haven is my favorite spot and I so badly want to try to take pictures of lightening.

    July 24, 2013

  • Lesley

    I'm hoping this will be my first meetup! I'll keep my eye on the weather as well. I'm excited!

    July 24, 2013

  • Adriane J.

    Wow! This sounds amazing! Only if I had a camera to participate. I may be in GH for the weekend. My friends has a cottage there. Maybe I'll find you guys.

    July 24, 2013

  • Heidi Q.

    No experience with this. Looking forward to it.

    July 24, 2013

    • Ken K

      Its like shooting fireworks except its a moving target

      July 24, 2013

  • Kevin P.

    Now this is very interesting.....I will be there if I can and conditions are right.

    July 24, 2013

  • Kristi Miller T.

    Wish I could but will be out of town.

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've only gotten to photograph lighting once before, it was so much fun and the results were incredible! Really wish I could join but I'm getting ready to move this weekend. Good luck!

    July 24, 2013

  • Ken K changed the location to Grand Haven State Park

    July 24, 2013

  • Ken K changed the date and time to Friday, July 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    July 24, 2013

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