Boogie-Woogie Lightning Dance (Before and After)
I’ve been busy revisiting old photos, testing the limits of Lightroom and my own photo editing skills. If you’ve been following my blog long, you might remember that I posted a set of lightning pictures from a storm chase last fall. We had been following this particular storm for a few hours, and it did produce a brief tornado captured in another set of photos posted here. The storm lost intensity as the sun set, so I set up my tripod and captured lightning photos in the waxing darkness.
Well, I decided to take another swipe at editing one of my favorites from the lightning gallery. I feel like I was much more successful teasing out the details from what was a very dark straight-out-of-the-camera photo than I had been using Photoshop Elements alone, while still preserving some of the dark ominousness of the actual storm. What do you think?
I also decided to get a little creative with the photo and do a monochromatic sepia version of it:
I also added a little texture and “aged” it a bit in Photoshop Elements.
Do you prefer one over the other?
For reference, here is the original edit (using Photoshop Elements alone):