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Storm over Nice

Storm over Nice
Copyright ©2005, Gary Ayton
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Lightning storm over Nice, France as seen from Beaulieu-sur-mer.

I took about 100 pics from the balcony to get this one.

This image is a 200Kb version ie. larger than the first I placed here.

Photographer: Gary Ayton
Folder: Landscapes and cities
Uploaded: 26-Sep-2005 08:10 CEST
Current Rating: 8.50/2
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Camera: Olympus C8080
Exposure time: 15sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal length:
Focusing method: iESP
ISO: 50
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: none. Have removed a little lens flare due to rain on lens.
Image resized to: 750x1000

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Well Gary is was worth to make 100 shots, this one is excellent.

Fonzy - at 10:39 CEST on 26-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Storm over Nice

There is a bit of visible noise in the sky area, but otherwise it is quite well exposed and makes a great shot. I wonder how you took the lightning - I take it the lightning came across while the camera was still "exposing". This kind of shots take some patience, I guess.

Sergey Green at 05:21 CEST on 27-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Storm over Nice

The noise is really jpeg compression artefact as I have compressed these quite a bit for web display.
The original was taken at 50 ISO in RAW mode.
As for capturing the lightning, I tried my best to capture as soon as I saw lightning but always missed it, so then decided just to tediously take 10-15 sec exposures with noise reduction on (which doubles the time taken) followed by the usual 13sec RAW write time, then a clean of the lens to remove raindrops before taking next average about 1 pic a minute. But unlike film - you know when you get a good one and can go to bed!
Mind you the subsequent storm came from a different direction and hit us hard blowing against the window and causing the roof to leak in a number of spots so didn't get much sleep anyway after that ...but further storm shots impossible.

Gary Ayton at 07:23 CEST on 27-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Storm over Nice

By the way....the building at bottom left is la Rotunda, part of the famous Bristol which used to be a hotel.
Quite aptly, this building is where Prince shot his music video clip for "Purple Rain" .
It is also where parts of the movie "Dirty rotten scoundrels" was filmed - actually from the room next to where I was staying.

Gary Ayton at 07:30 CEST on 27-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Storm over Nice

I slightly removed the noise in this image without messing up the details. Re-upload it if you want to;

- Sergey

Sergey Green at 20:35 CEST on 29-Sep-2005 [Reply]


Hi Sergey, thanks but your version seems to have more jpeg compression artefact. I have replaced image with a slightly larger and less compressed version.

Gary Ayton at 08:32 CEST on 30-Sep-2005 [Reply]