I was going someplace, and didn’t have much time to capture this image. I quickly propped the camera on a rock and snapped a few pictures. These pictures then remained on my computer for a long time until…
This afternoon I was sorting pictures, making mental notes of things I could do to edit them up when I came across these two pictures of lightning. I thought they would look really good combined together, and it was a quick enough edit, so I stopped what I was doing to create this magnificent image.
Steps to combining two pictures of lightning
Capture lightning by continuously taking pictures at a slow shutter speed. (Here I used a shutter speed of 5 seconds)
Open the two images in separate layers
Set the layer mode of the top image to lighten only
I like how well the post processing on this picture turned out. The colors really come out well without looking too unnatural. The contrast is more unnatural, but that is so common now a days that it shouldn’t turn most people off.