So let me get one thing out of the way. I’m really not overly happy with today’s shot. Try as I might, I was not able to get it looking like what I wanted it to. But, I do really like the scene. I think that the light coming out from all sides of the clouds really makes for a cool shot, especially given the formation of the cloud. It’s amazing how the atmosphere can concentrate all the light into individual beams shooting out. I saw this scene as we were walking down the boardwalk, and I wish that I would have brought more than just the fisheye lens out with us that night. In the interest of not hauling all my gear from bar to bar, I thought that I would just bring the newly rented toy. I obviously couldn’t just walk by this incredible light, but the fisheye would not have been my first choice to capture this.
Still though, not thrilled with how the processed image turned out. I range the five handheld exposures through Photomatix and then shipped it off to CS5. I didn’t do a whole lot more to the image to be honest, as everything I did made me like it less and less. I did add a Pro Contrast filter in Color Efex as well as an overall curves layer in Photoshop, but other than that, it is more or less SOOP (Straight Out Of Photomatix). I think one saving grace (at least for me) is that you can see the top part of the reflection of the cloud in the closest car hood.
Happy hour after work today, tomorrow’s Friday, two shoots on Saturday…should be a fun couple of days. See you all tomorrow.