I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist

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I haven’t produced a photo blog post for a couple of weeks because I’ve been busy teaching myself how to manipulate the weather conditions in a picture. The image here is my best attempt so far. It’s not perfect, but I just couldn’t resist sharing it. As you can see, I’ve added heavy rain and a lightning strike as it hit the Palace of Westminster.

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This picture was taken from the 28th floor of Millbank Tower in London and I couldn’t resist adding the lightning strike!

I took the original image from the 28th floor of Millbank Tower when I was at a blogger training event organised by the Advertising Standards Authority. It was an overcast, grim day and the photographs I took looked uninspiring.

Here’s the unedited version of the above picture. I thought it was a bit dull.

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The straight out of camera version of the top photo. I felt it was dull, but had potential.

I felt some heavy rain and lightning might liven things up. What better target for an imaginary lightning strike than the Palace of Westminster?

It took me numerous attempts to master the basics. Once I had done that, it was surprisingly simple to manipulate the image. I’ll save you the details as it was quite technical. Suffice it say this is a composite of five different images, three of them generated entirely using photo-editing software.

While it was just a bit of fun and is clearly manipulated, I have learned some valuable new editing skills in the process. If I work on them a bit more I hope to produce something more realistic. Do let me know what you think with a comment below. I’d be particularly keen to know if you like my choice of target!

8 thoughts on “I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist”

  1. Hi John, I’ve never attempted something like this. I bet it’s quite fun to do, but back breaking too? You could have had Mr. Johnson sucked up by a tornado and taken far, far away!


  2. ooh those are so cool. I want to give this a go. I am obsessed with different skies and this is incredible. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to want to try this. x

  3. Oh wow! That image is amazing – you’ve totally added a different perspective to it! I still struggle with added filters to images, would be great to be able to learn to manipulate them more and create something differently! Sim x

    1. Thanks Sim. it took a little while to learn to do but it wasn’t that difficult. It’s not perfect, but I think that’s part of the image’s charm!

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