Ben Franklin [EXPLORED]
© Ray Skwire
Featured on Phawker.com's Sidewalking, May 19th, 2011
Just messing around with some of the series shots I took trying to capture lightning the other night.
To clarify a little based on some comments, yes this is a long exposure but not in the way you might expect. The night was initiated with the expectation of lightning. My approach was to set my exposure for either 5 or 6 seconds and then just fire shot after shot. This is how I capture lightning when there actually is lightning. :)
Unfortunately, there wasn't any lightning. However, what I ended up with was several series of shots of a static scene where the only change was the clouds in the sky. At first, I thought about putting these together into a little .gif for some animated time-lapse but instead, I threw the exposures for this particular scene in Photomatix and what it spit out to me, I adjusted and then later, finished processing in Photoshop.
It's not technically an HDR as I wasn't shooting different EV values, just repeated static shots. However, perhaps due to changes in available light as the scene changed, I did manage to capture different EV.
This was mainly an experiment that came out well and I'm happy so many people enjoyed it enough to both comment and favorite.