Stormy Summer Night

posted by tucker

It had been threatening to thunderstorm for the past few days and it finally let loose today, with really cool lightning, clouds, and rain form the late afternoon on into the night. After spending far too little time at the Dalí exhibit at the High Museum (I will be back…) and a great dinner at Tierra on Piedmont, I headed over to Paul’s condo with my gear and braved the rain and humidity to get some pretty cool stuff. Yet another test of the weather sealing on the 5D Mark II, again passed with flying colors although the camera was literally dripping when I was done. Incidentally, the header image from the site is a crop from an HDR I took from this exact location, (looking out at the skyline, of course) a few months ago and during the day. I will (I promise) edit it, post it, and change the header soon… Anyway, the coolest shots from tonight were the ones that I did with the 70-200mm of the clouds passing in front of the many scyscrapers; they were also the first HDRs I’d attempted with that lens which was an experience, to say the least. I will edit those soon, but for now I have a wide one, taken with the trusty 16-35mm f/2.8 with distortion to prove it. When I first got up on the roof, I immediately began shooting out towards the skyline, but I noticed the lights from the pool out of the corner of my eye and decided I needed to get a closer look…

I love the way the HDR works together with the long exposures, bringing together the purple and red in the skies and detail in the shadows that were literally impossible to see with the naked eye.

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