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I would have to say that my favorite feature is by far the night setting on my camera. I have taken photos before at night with other cameras, and the most awesome thing is being able to see all the features in the distance that you can't even see at night, or even sometimes during the day. I love how the light from the bolt not only lights up the clouds, but brings to light the Colorado National Monument in the distance. Not just the range itself, but shows the mists in each of the canyons. Features you can not see by day from this distance. My previous camera did not have this feature, and now, while I would love a better camera, I am always leery to upgrade for fear my night mode won't take as great of lightning photos. But an SLR... if I won, I'd sure test it out come storm season.
In the Digital Lightning photo essay.
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