Racing The Rain

Shot this in Florida while the rain was doing its weird lull before the next torrential downpour hit.

I missed this photo when I was doing the curation. For some reason I never paid much attention to it because it looks like a missed shot, that is until I blew up the image and saw that I had the two women in motion rushing in the rain with their umbrellas out.

After doing some basic edits I realized I had a very decent photo on my hands and figured why not give it an edit.

Did the usual workflow then punched it into Intensify which I am into right now for some reason. I just went ahead and hit a preset. Was happy so didn’t mask anything in. Did some dodging and burning to balance the image and bring out some details in the clouds but in the end super happy.

Enjoy.

racing the rain

Follow The Rainbow

Saw this rainbow when I was heading out to shoot. I immediately stopped where I could and setup my camera for a few shots.

When I took this a storm had already passed but a new one was building up. I didn’t expect a rainbow or anything. When I turned the corner to head to my shooting spot I saw the giant rainbow and knew I could stop and get a shot. Think this is my first rainbow picture. The only bad thing about this is that I was using my Nikon D5500 which doesn’t have a L-bracket for me to setup on the tripod. So I just had to rotate the tripod head to get it.

Editing wise this is more or less straight out of the camera. I had to straighten it because of the tripod head situation. I did pump the dehaze and clarity in the clouds using a gradient. Then I did some local dodging and burning to get it to where it is.

Enjoy.

Rainbow before a storm

Spot of Blue

Took this during a break in the craptastic weather here in Fort Myers, Florida. It was my usual spot but the light and weather made this super interesting.

This image wasn’t enhanced at all color wise. This is really what the sky looked like when I took the image. I was standing out on a pier with the wind gusting all around me. In fact, shortly after this was taken it started to piss down and I had to shove my camera into my bag to prevent any damage because the Nikon D5500 isn’t weather sealed.

Editing this I selected cloudy for the white balance which does a really good job of color accuracy in these scenarios. I didn’t even put in a curves adjust. Just did some local dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Spot of Blue

Distant Early Storm

This one is from Panama, specifically Casco Viejo and I was shooting towards the city. This was pretty much the weather most days I was there but I came to shoot so I did!

I used my 16-35mm and did a handheld shot. One of the things I noticed I did with the Nikon more was used it without a the tripod. The image stabilization in the lenses made me more comfortable with that versus my Sony A7R which does not have any stabilization. The one thing I terribly missed on the Nikon D810 was a flip up screen. This is one reason I did so many handheld shots. For me to get them I had to often hold the camera.

Editing, just straight up curves adjustment and then dodging and burning. Nothing fancy. The dramatic sky and water make the image.

Enjoy.

Distant Early Storm

Electric Skies

I get that these two images aren’t going to be to everyone’s tastes but I liked them. I was watching the storms roll in and out through my balcony door and I saw the sun on the light and transformer looking things and grabbed my camera and took a couple shots. When the light shifted again I grabbed some more shots and one of the sky with the blue peeking through. The images look different and not with the same light because the storm was moving the clouds fast and the light was shifting constantly. I used my Nikon D810 and my 24-105 to take the images.

Not much going on editing wise. I just went with my usual edits. One of the things I did was spot meter so I could expose for the highlights giving me a lot of latitude with the shadows. So very slight tone curve adjustments and a bit of color correction to give the images warmer or cooler depending on how I remember them when I shot them.

Full resolution #1.
Full resolution #2.

Enjoy.

High VoltageHole In The Sky

The Storm Approaches

I had a different version of this ready to go today but I just didn’t like how it came out. The good thing about digital images is you can always go back and redo them!

In Florida it seems you do not escape the afternoon thunderstorm. You could have an extremely hot and sunny day and by late afternoon you will see the clouds start to form and the wind start to pickup. I saw this storm brewing and stopped and snapped a picture of it.

Enjoy.

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The Approaching Storm

What happens when you have a camera next to you when you are waiting at a light and a storm is coming in?  You take a picture!  I had my Olympus EM5 with me and attached to it was the 12mm 2.0 (24mm effective) and the shot before you is what you see.  I with with the 16×9 crop to give it more width and to hide my inspection sticker and car hood.

The Approaching Storm