Thunderheads Black and White
This is what I felt

This is what I saw

This time of year Orlando is usually blessed with afternoon and evening thundershowers. In between running in and out of the house I managed to notice this afternoons collection of thunderheads around the horizon.

The original is the bottom photo, and shows what it looked like in color. What's disturbing about the image is the tinting due to air pollution. These clouds were on the eastern horizon, with the setting sun's light slanting through a large section of the atmosphere.

The upper photo was developed in Silver Efex Pro 2 with a copper tint added. I worked with the Full Contrast and Structure preset, then dropped the brightness -20, pushed the contrast to +20, and structure to +50. I wanted the wild energetic energy I was seeing the the cloud (the lightning) to come through the photo.


Taken with an Olympus E-3 with ZD 50-200mm zoom, base ISO, post processed in Lightroom 3 and Silver Efex Pro 2.


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