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We had a storm here the other night, not with any rain, but with a great light show. I was hoping to get a shot of lightning over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and while trying to get that shot lightning kept flashing closer to the Sydney Tower. Enough was enough; I rotated the camera a few degrees and took some tower shots. This was one of them.

I did manage to get a couple of lightning shots over the bridge, but I’ll wait until I get something better before I present them here.

Workflow was as follows:
Shot about 250 pictures of the bridge and tower (by using the interval time shooter) on my camera. I set it up to shoot every 17 seconds, with a 15 second exposure for each shot, in sets of 50. Between each set I inspected and deleted the shots where there was no action (most of them).
Shot taken in Raw - NEF files adjusted for exposure and shadow
Adjusted levels – black points – most of the skew was to the left – I didn’t touch the white points as I didn’t want to accentuate that light on the bottom right any more.
Adjusted curves – for contrast – very slight (with light portion locked)
Adjusted saturation (+12) to bring out some of the colour in the lights
Added an overlay layer to allow for dodging and burning (slight)
Saved as a tiff
Cropped to 5 x 7 format, resized, added a layer for (selective) noise reduction and (selective) sharpening with USM, modified sharpening with a layer mask (30% opacity black brush), framed and saved as a jpeg.

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