This shoot was a bit of a surprise for Jacinta. Her partner Andy had asked me if I could shoot the car in November but hold the shots until December. No big deal I thought. That was until a massive storm cell rolled through and provided the amazing backdrop you see. We simply couldn’t believe our luck and I was pretty keen to publish the photos asap!
This shot was captured during fairly light conditions as is actually 4 shots composited together to combine several lightning strikes into the one frame. Due to the fairly light conditions, I was shooting at 1/5 second so I had to continually fire off shots to try and capture the lightning, which at times was extremely frustrating as I seemed to always miss the big strikes! ISO was fairly low at 200 and I was shooting wide open at f/2.8. In hindsight ISO 800 and an f-stop of around 5.6 would’ve been better for a greater depth of field.
For the rolling shots, the lower the shutter speed the better, but generally around 1/60 or 1/80 second is a good starting point to get some blurred wheels and road.
1 Nikon D800 + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
2 1/5 - 1/40 sec | f/2.8 | ISO-200 @ 38mm on tripod