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August 21, 2004

Lightning Strike

An attempt to catch lightning on camera.. not as successful as I'd have liked (I missed all the good strikes while getting the camera set up)

(Click on the image and a larger one will pop up)

The problems I had were threefold:
1. I didn't know the storm was coming, was happily watching the olympics on TV when Erica said "ooh, lightning" :-)
2. The camera was still set to ISO-1600 from the last time I used it, which meant that I couldnt get a long exposure going before I realised the problem.
3. My age-old problem - not knowing which way to point the camera :-)
This last one is partly a geographic problem, our house is surrounded by large trees - I really should have hopped in the car and gone somewhere that had a view of the horizon in most directions, but alas I didn't
And what did I miss ? some extremely cool lightning which caused the clouds to flash RED ! (pollution perhaps?)
The one I caught, a tiny spec in the corner of my image (the image above is a crop of the bottom left 9th of the photo!), is not very good - and I converted to B&W because of the colors being messed up with the streetlight in shot.
sigh... next time perhaps :-)

Posted by Kevin at August 21, 2004 07:08 PM

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Hi Kevin

It was interesting to see your website.

I would be very interested to see your family tree that you mentioned. I didn't know that we had a cousin called Richard.

The Burfitt's are very few and far between over here. I did have a very weird experience a couple of years ago, when someone phoned me about a job and he was a Burfitt. He popped in to see me and he was the spitting image of Granddad Ron Burfitt - just a larger version and he said I was the spitting image of his daughter, but we couldn't find any family connection with
Liverpool or the Isle of Man. He was aware of some Burfitt's living in Henley Upon Thames that were in the motor trade and owned a large car showroom, which seemed to fit with Grandad's background, but he wasn't related to them.

If you need any research doing in the UK, I would be glad to help out.

With best wishes

Cousin Janet

Posted by: Janet Grimwood (Big cousin Janet Burfitt) at December 28, 2004 11:26 PM

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