have you tried playing with your aperture to see what kind of effect that might have on your lightning shots? for shooting star trails and night skies, if I drop the aperture down to f/8 or so, I can effectively erase half of the stars in the sky — they just don’t show up, no matter how long the exposure is. opening up to f/2.8 or f/1.8, and the sky suddenly is filled with more stars than are imaginable. for instance:
this is f/5:
this is f/8
this is f/11
compare that to wide open:
I wonder if you’d get any similar effect with lightning.
I know I’ve expressed before how awesome these are, but seriously, you need to stop posting these amazing shots because they make me cry in my beer over the fact that I’ve been living on the wrong side of the mountains for almost 15 years now and haven’t had a good thunderstorm to speak of.
/I jest. Keep up the good work.
//I seriously am jealous. I heart thunderstorms.