Storm Over Sugercane Field

May 17, 2011 | Lightning & Storms

One of my shutterbug buddies and I went over to Clewiston this weekend for a sunrise shoot. The sunrise ended up being a big disappointment, but going back home a storm brewed over the sugarcane fields, south of Lake Okeechobee. I love shooting storms and I’ve always wanted to shoot one over a field. What would have made this photo perfect is a bolt of lightning! I could easily Photoshop one in but it wouldn’t be the same ;-)

All photos are HDR, even the black and white image. I find high dynamic range perfect for storms because of the detail that HDR is capable of producing. Images were lightly processed in Photoshop Elements. I also used Topaz Adjust and Topaz DeNoise to finish it off for a more polished look.

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Software I used 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: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Sugaercane Field, Okeechobee Lake, Florida