I mentioned the Miops high speed capture device in a previous post. Basically it is a controller with a ton of sensors that lets you take shots of things that are pretty hard to capture otherwise. I have spent countless hours waiting for the perfect lightning shots. they are so quick it's pretty much impossible to use human reaction to get them as they happen. The way to do it is to find a good spot, leave the shutter open for a long time and hope you get something. This can produce some nice results but has a certain 'look'. It doesn't allow you to capture the progression of a single streak of lightning for example. The light sensor in the Miops triggers shots in rapid succession when the sensor threshold is exceeded (80% used for the following images for anyone interested). So here is an animated gif composed of 4 images of one of the strikes from last night's storm here in North Texas.
Just heard that my MIOPS unit is shipping on Saturday! Android app already installed and ready to go. MIOPS is a device you slot into your hotshoe, controllable through your phone over bluetooth and contains multiple sensors allowing you to capture events you wouldn't normally be able to. What attracted me to this unit in the first place were the high speed photography options - lightning, sound, laser break triggers etc, but it comes with a range of other options and allows you to create your own custom triggers. Can't wait to play.