Thankfully, we escaped Hurricane Irene relatively unscathed. The rain had started around noon yesterday, and continued on through the night. Just as we were getting ready for bed, the Weather Channel announced that we were under a severe tornado watch (as in literally announced the name of our tiny town for the whole world to hear- that’s how you know it was serious!). Out of bed it was and into the basement where we sat for about an hour. The tornado watch was extended through the night, so we camped out on the living room floor. Needless to say, not sleeping in my comfy bed plus the howling rain and wind through the night means I didn’t sleep all night. But, that didn’t stop me from heading out early this morning with Phriend to check out (and photograph, of course) the damages!
In looking back over my pictures from the past month, I’ve decided to enter this one in the Click it Up a Notch August Contest.
I begin “fiddling” with HDR earlier this month (See some of my earlier attempts of HDR pictures from Hersheypark here). I use the program “Photomatix” based on many reccomendations that I read online- but other than using other sites to pick a program to use, I basically self-taught myself how to create these images using trial-and-error. It’s all about personal taste and what you think looks good! I also learned that it’s best to use a wide angle or fisheye lens (love my Tokina 10-17mm!) to help capture those dramatic skies that makes HDR photos look so impressive. With that being said, I just love the colors in the above picture, and therefore submit it to the Click it Up a Notch contest for the month of August!