On Friday evening, July 23rd a pretty good sized thunderstorm came through town. I was out getting some time lapse work done for another project up above Cliff Avenue by the Amidon Affair Historical Monument when the first low clouds starting rolling in. The above photo are the lights of the city reflected against these clouds with a hint of the lightning purpling the sky beyond. I thought the obelisk of the monument gave these clouds and the light a very ancient feel.
Below is a shot after the main storm passed taken on north Westport Avenue, east of the airport looking northeast:
As the clouds moved east I panned my camera over just a bit to try to catch more of the lighting when an 18 wheeler came by. I locked down the shot and kept the shutter open as it passed to get the light streaks below:
About 3 minutes later I got this lightning burst over the same exact scene as above:
So being the Photoshop nerd that I am, I wondered if I could composite the two photos above to show both the great lightning as well as the truck's light streaks. I tried with color and it just didn't look right so I went with black and white and loved the result. Then I played around with adding some color casts for effect. Take your pick below. I think my favorite is red (for now anyway). Enjoy and click on each image for a large file to view and thanks for looking.