Lightning Storm

My Full Workflow

Aloha everyone, glad to be back after a busy year. I am now done with my business(y) tasks and am ready to start doing weekly edits.

This first edit focuses on my entire workflow. I touch on the general structure of my workflow and the individual steps taken. In most of my work, I don't use all the steps I go over, but in this video I try to.

My Full Workflow

The shot I use is from a lightning storm off our coast. I shot with an A7 at 24mm 10 sec F/5.6 ISO 100 using an intervalometer. I used the longer exposure to balance the ambient light with the lightning flashes.

My RAW file is available for download so you can follow along if you'd like 🙂

Milky Way and Palm Trees

Star Shaping

In this video I work on enhancing the Milky Way without having the stars around it get too bright. I introduce a method of star shaping which gives results a little like the color reconstruction module. The processing involves lowpass filters applied with the darken blend method to produce stars with a spherical appearance. As is common for me, you will find considerable use of parametric masks in this edit.

If you'd like to follow along in this edit, here's the original RAW file

Lush Glen in Scotland

Simple command line HDR

This shot was 2 shots combined with a single command line. I wanted to show the power of enfuse and briefly discuss Darktable's HDR option.

The shots are of a glen in Scotland. Very lush and beautiful, but with too many stops of dynamic range to catch all of it at once. I hope you enjoy this journey.

If you'd like to follow along, the 2 RAW files are here and here.