A trial run
29th June 2015
Sandwich anyone?
16th July 2015

Same song, different tune.

I rushed out last night to  capture the thunder storm as it rolled in at about 10 p.m. I ran to the harbour and there was not another flash in the sky to be seen. I got several nighttime shots I was pleased with and this one I could not make my mind up about the processing. I took three exposures, shoot at -1EV,  0EV and +1EV.

Here is the raw conversion of the single 0EV shot.


And then  here’s the HDR version, merged in Lightroom 6HDR

Gave it a it of a kick in onOne’s Perfect Effects.Then going back to the raw HDR file, I did a black and white conversion using Lightroom,

and I then I took the image I had developed in Perfect effects and converted it to  a toned  black and white using One Perfect B&W.

I could play all day with this.



  1. Julie says:

    Oh, I really like this capture. Great sky, wonderful foreground interest. My favorite of the color versions is the Perfect Effects one, though I might prefer if the brightness in the right side of building were toned down. Of the black and white versions, it’s the Perfect B&W that I like best.

  2. Pete says:

    I think the conversion to B&W really helps this image which btw is very nice. I prefer the B&W because I think the color sort of gets in the way of the overall effect.

  3. storki says:

    Great capture Ivor. I like them all, and yes, we could probably all play with effects all day long.

  4. Lois Svejda says:

    If I had to choose the Perfect Effects color would win with Perfect Effects B&W coming in a close second. The composition is what makes this a great photo.

  5. PC PHOTO says:

    You are brave to go chasing lightening. I remember you posting about overexposing a sunset to capture more highlight and this post takes your willingness to experiment to another level. I like all the versions of this nights capture!

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