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Old Aug 22, 2010, 8:33 PM   #1
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This is my first trial of capturing a lightning. I know that I was supposed to set up the tripod and use the bulb function of the camera and the remote shutter. I did nothing from the above. I even used my kit lens (18-55) because it's the widest that I have and I didn't know where it will strike.
I'm waiting for your oppinions and advices.
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Old Aug 22, 2010, 9:09 PM   #2
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The lightning adds an interesting element to an otherwise boring picture.
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the lightning is captured well. but because you didnt use a tripod the rest of the shot is soft. also, as Bynx noted the setting is rather ho-hum.
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Software can add considerable drama to an otherwise so-so environment.
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a bit of a hdr effect can give the clouds more drama.
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something like this adds a little drama to the shot
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 8:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for taking your time to help improving my photo. Post processing is not my strongest points, as I just bought PS Elements and besides levels, curves and sharpening, I don't know much. I must agree that the landscape would've been boring without the ligtning.
I'm really a newbie with PP, so I'll take all your advices in order to improve my skills.
Pboerger, can you please tell me how did you process my image?
Shoturtle, please tell me how to get the HDR effect if I have only one exposure and no dedicated software! (I know Photomatix uses 3 exposures to give this effect)
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Shoturtle, please tell me how to get the HDR effect if I have only one exposure and no dedicated software! (I know Photomatix uses 3 exposures to give this effect)
I am not Shoturtle, and I hope you don't mind my chiming in. I don't have an answer for how to go about achieving the HDR effect without dedicated software. But there are, however, some HDR emulating programs that do a rather decent job (IMO) of coming about with same.

I use Dynamic Pro HDR (which will produce the effect from a single exposure), as well as Topaz Labs Adjust (the former is a standalone program, and the latter is a plugin). Both of these programs are easy on the pockets, and (to me) worth much more than their respective purchase prices.
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I used topaz adjust to increase vibrancy, then tapaz denoise to clean t up a little. That is what brought out the clouds details more. But Topaz had hdr off of a single jpeg emulator. But true hdr will require you to stack couple of shots. A that would require a bracket. And would not work in this situation.

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Thanks for taking your time to help improving my photo. Post processing is not my strongest points, as I just bought PS Elements and besides levels, curves and sharpening, I don't know much. I must agree that the landscape would've been boring without the ligtning.
I'm really a newbie with PP, so I'll take all your advices in order to improve my skills.
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Shoturtle, please tell me how to get the HDR effect if I have only one exposure and no dedicated software! (I know Photomatix uses 3 exposures to give this effect)
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I am not Shoturtle, and I hope you don't mind my chiming in.
I use Dynamic Pro HDR (which will produce the effect from a single exposure), as well as Topaz Labs Adjust (the former is a standalone program, and the latter is a plugin).
NLA, I accept any good advice no matter who is providing it. Thank you!
I will first try to manage PS Elements better and then start diving into Topaz - which has great reviews for its capabilities.
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