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    Featured on'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.

    -- Ray

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    1. Chad McDonald 47 months ago | reply

      Wow! This is stunning! Very well done! Congrats on Explore my friend!
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    2. amod mulay 47 months ago | reply

      Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group)
      The sky looks a bit over the top my fits in. Great work!

    3. jens unglaube 47 months ago | reply

      ** This was voted a HIT from Hit, Miss, Maybe, WHY? **

      Great effect on the sky, great colours on the skyline.

    4. jens unglaube 47 months ago | reply

      Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    5. emily.corley 47 months ago | reply

      Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group)
      Absolutely love the skyline!

    6. Juha_Matti 47 months ago | reply

      Score 10/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    7. sharpeyes44 47 months ago | reply

      I got the gist of what you were doing from another one I commented on. Very effective and worth a commendation. I have noticed the same effect when taking very long exposures during the day. The sky looks like the shot was hand held but the fixed bits, what's on the ground, are perfectly in sharp focus. Have a look at mine in Florida.

    8. Eric Adeleye Photography 47 months ago | reply

      Excellent photograph.

    9. birdiebob 47 months ago | reply

      I very much enjoyed your image and comments. Sounds like you had a plan, executed, met frustration, experimented and produced an interesting photo. Lots of lessons to be learned there. Keep up the good work.

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    11. steven minicola 47 months ago | reply

      good stuff, ray. i'm not a fan of hdr, but this is fine.

    12. all i know is LOVE 47 months ago | reply

      Ur unintentional humbleness makes ur shots so inspiring & touch a cord on appreciating everything in the world- trains, clouds, lighting, signs, dead birds, son on the toilet!! Ur gifted Ray (and not just mentally!) -

    13. Jason OX4 47 months ago | reply

      Congrats on this photo Ray, very impressive!!

    14. Ray Cavicchio Photography 46 months ago | reply

      Fantastic processing Ray... The way those clouds and the entire scene turned out is pretty outstanding.

    15. Mozart Iochims 41 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot and amazing sky!!!!!

    16. Rob Lybeck 28 months ago | reply

      So, kind of a 'happy accident' type of thing. Great.

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