Roadside Noir

A noire like picture of lightning

I combined two images of lightning.

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
  1. Capture lightning by continuously taking pictures at a slow shutter speed. (Here I used a shutter speed of 5 seconds)
  2. Open the two images in separate layers
  3. Set the layer mode of the top image to lighten only
  4. Mask out the foreground of the top image
   

Waterfall Mania

cascade springs Here’s a little hidden beauty in the mountains of Utah. I feel like I’ve failed to capture the beauty of this place. Someday I’ll have to go back at sunset to take more pictures of these waterfalls.

The Lady

a lady all bundled up to see some Christmas lights

The Lady

Here is an interesting way of using color noise to ones advantage. Now that I have a better camera, I kind of miss finding clever ways of utilizing flaws in my camera.

Bubbly Icy Water

water bubbles in a icy river I was hiking up to a waterfall and noticed that there were a lot of interesting ice formations floating in the water. I edited this picture using the technique described here.

Granite Flats

granite flats campground 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.