Jamie Betts is a Richmond-based professional photographer and he takes wonderful shots of nature and landscapes. I’ve been following his work for a couple of years and caught notice of his work shooting lightning strikes during storms.
“Photography is more exciting to me than ever and I have built my career around it,” he said on his website bio. He has done some fantastic work on the James River. Betts detailed two of his photos for JRNH — how he got the shot, what lens he used, time of day, etc.
Atlantic Coast Line Bridge: This image was taken with a Nikon D700 and a 24-70mm f2.8G ED Nikkor lens. This was taken on 1/29/11 at 7:22am right before sunrise. The focal length was at 58mm, ISO 320. The exposure was f8 at 1/500th of a second handheld. I fired off 5 frames in less than a second bracketing each shot with auto-bracket. This was the best exposure to work with I thought. It was -2ev or two stops below what the meter recommended. $2.40 in tolls and my girlfriend who was willing to drive the two laps and pull over on the Powhite that morning made this image possible. The train was pure luck!
North Bank Park at sunset: This image was taken with a Nikon D700 and a 17-35mm f2.8D IF-ED Nikkor lens. This was taken on 2/17/11 at 6:02 pm a good while after sunset. The focal length is at 17mm, ISO 400. Exposure is f8 for 1/8th of a second tripod mounted. I was also using a 2 stop graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky but leaving the foreground naturally exposed. I also had my white balance setting on cloudy for added warmth. This photo was taken looking west towards the Nickel Bridge which can be seen on the right side of the frame. I hopped some rocks to get to this location.