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  • #50456
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hi everyone, this is a bonus assignment for photographers seeking an extra challenge. There are generally more thunderstorms across the United States at this time of year, so I was hoping to take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide an extra calendar photo for our missionary friends in Europe. Thunderstorms are not necessarily able to be experienced by everyone so this assignment is unable to be a featured assignment, but if you happen to have the opportunity to photograph a calendar-worthy photo of lightning over the landscape in the next month, please feel free to share your photos here. Enjoy the extra challenge!

    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:
    Publisher: Calvary Baptist Church (USA) & Scripture Baptist Church (Europe)
    Purpose: We are creating a 2022 Scripture Calendar in an European language with a theme of “The Word of God”. Around 3,500 of the 2020 Calendars were distributed in 2019, and we are hoping to distribute that amount or more each coming year!
    Request: A beautiful, calendar-worthy (preferably wide-angle, to include surrounding landscape as well) picture that reflects the truths of Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
    Special Instructions:
    a) The picture should have enough “empty”, uncluttered space in it so we can clearly put the words of the verse on the picture somewhere.
    b) Though we would like the picture to complement or illustrate the Bible verse as much as possible, keep in mind that our previous calendars have used mostly nature scenes. We don’t want to move too radically away from natural beauty such that people dislike the new calendar.
    Orientation: Horizontal; photo will be used at roughly a 2:3 ratio.
    Photo Specs:Highest quality possible. It can not be smaller than 2500px longest edge. Edit however you like. No watermarks.
    How to Submit: Members can follow the A, B, C process outlined here. Don’t forget to submit your write ups too! (Instructions for non-members can be viewed here.)
    Remuneration: Photos will be delivered to the ministry at no cost to them. This is a donation of your time, talents, and hard work to the cause of Christian evangelism.
    Terms: By submitting your photo(s) on this forum, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement. The ministry would like to be able to use the pictures for other ministry purposes as well, including use in tracts or books, though they have no immediate plans for that yet. They can not guarantee that they will be able credit the photographer or Lenspiration, since they don’t generally do that on the evangelistic or tract-like material they create.
    Deadline: Was May 23; has been extended to midnight Saturday, June 27, 2020 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).

    LEARN HOW:
    Lenspiration members can watch the training that is currently available as part of their membership: 5 Steps to Photographing Lightning

    WATCH CRITIQUE:
    Watch the photos submitted for this assignment get critiqued live by registering for the May 26 Photo Critique Webinar!

    #50909
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    This year certainly turned out to be different than most years. I only remember seeing lightning once in April, and though I had my camera ready to photograph it, there weren’t any more bolts of lightning then the first couple that encouraged me to set up the camera. I saw lightning once in May, the month that usually brings a thunderstorm every week (at least), but I only remembers seeing lightning once. And that was heat lightning.

    So, perhaps the lightning storms this year are just going to be late, like the cold snap? Regardless, we have time to find out, so the deadline has been extended to June 27.

    Also, if there are any other how-to-photograph lightning resources out there that you would like to recommend, please feel free to share them with us! I’ve really only captured lightning once or twice in my life, so I have tons to learn on this topic.

    #51078
    John Machen
    Participant

    Hey there! While we all wait for the opportunity to photograph a thunderstorm (hopefully with beautiful, dynamic cloud-to-ground lightning), here’s a few educational resources that have been helpful in my research:

    The Ultimate Guide To Photographing Lightning

    How to Photograph Lightning and Get Amazing Results

    How to Photograph Lightning: Helpful Tips for Nailing the Shot

    I’ve reviewed them again and they are “Lenspiration approved” by the way! 😉

    #51123
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Wow, those look like some really great articles! Just love what Jason Weingart said in his article, “Try to compose your shot in an interesting way. It should look good even without the lightning, so once you do get some in the shot, it will add to an already good image.”

    #51183
    John Machen
    Participant

    Well, here’s my first success!(third or forth storm I chased…) Went out at 3 o’clock this morning and finally found a thunderstorm with some lightning! By the time I got set up, it was almost over. Also, I forgot to bring my spotlight so I could focus the lens manually in the dark. I think I’d really like this picture if the lightning bolts were tack sharp.

    Looking forward to trying again!🙂

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    #51195
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    AWESOME!!! Love following your developing storm-chasing story, @hayhand02! You’re certainly putting more effort into it than I am! 3am?! 😀

    #51299
    Jace Leensvaart
    Participant

    I shot this photo a couple years ago, but this is still the only succesful image I have captured of lightning🙂.

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    #51412
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Wow, @jace, that is quite the impressive lightning bolt!

    #51588
    Esther Marie
    Participant

    I got some lightning pictures!! 😀

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    #51828
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thanks for taking the time to submit some photos for this more advanced assignment. I’ll ask Eric if he’d like to use any of them and respond back here!

    #51904
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    @esther, I didn’t really look at these photos until now….those are really interesting! Don’t think I’ve ever seen lightning quite like that before.

    #51934
    Esther Marie
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon, yeah, it’s the cloud to cloud lightening which is so fast and small! But it was the only time I was able to be out there! 🙂

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