Lightning Storm Out Over Jupiter Coast

Jul 25, 2011 | Lightning & Storms

What an amazing night I had shooting heat lightning last week. Not only did I get these beautiful lightning shots but I also got two killer photos of the Jupiter Inlet under moonlight and the curvy road light trail. For a last minute, late night shoot, I ended up being rather productive.

Lightning photos were tone mapped in Photomatix Pro from a single exposure. I was surprised how well it came out! I used tone compressor option instead of detail enhancer. I think this really helped reduce noise considering I shot it at 1600 ISO.

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Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: Single Exposure HDR
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 100-400mm f/5.6L USM
Photo Location: Jupiter, Florida