It had been thundering for a while and I knew from the weather map on my phone that an afternoon thunderstorm was going to hit about the time I got to my spot. Just before and after a storm is some of the best times to get dramatic lighting on the landscape so I knew I had to try. I had just enough time to set up and fire off several shots before the rains hit and chased me back inside my car. You can see the rain coming up the valley on the left side of this photo.
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To capture the entire range of light I took bracketed shots at -2EV, 0EV and +2EV. I used Nik HDR Efex Pro to merge them together, then a little Lightroom adjustments to lighten the trees, increase the vibrance, cut some of the noise, and add a little vignette.