As taken Lightroom 5 basic editing HDR editing, free photo editing on iPiccy.com

A Beautiful Storm, landscape format, editing progression. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

1. As taken

2. Basic editing in Lightroom 5: straighten horizon line, highlights -100, shadows 0, white point +67, black point -10, contrast +2, clarity +7, vibrance +5, adjustments to the tone curve: lights +3, darks -5, shadows -5, sharpen 9, detail 29, luminance 11, vignette -14.

3. HDR edit, available to anyone on iPiccy.com, faded out by 30%, small adjustment to tone curve to add the shadows back in. I really love what HDR editing does to skies, bringing out a full tonal range in the image, and the way light appears on the water emphasizing highlights and shadows- making the wind appear on the surface.

But, I like them both. :-)

Voilà :-)

“I don’t know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”   ~Alfred de Musset
Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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“I don’t know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”
~Alfred de Musset

Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Revisiting Chateau Champs-sur-Marne. Photos by Amber Maitrejean
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Revisiting Chateau Champs-sur-Marne. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

Pineapple rain. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
No edit, lowered exposure by 1/3.
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Pineapple rain. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

No edit, lowered exposure by 1/3.

Along the River Saône. Photo and gif by Amber Maitrejean
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Along the River Saône. Photo and gif by Amber Maitrejean

The meadow in black and white. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

Goldenrod in August. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

August in the meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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August in the meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Queen Anne’s Amazing Lace. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

Summer storm. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Summer storm. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

August in the meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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August in the meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Queen Anne’s Amazing Lace. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Queen Anne’s Amazing Lace. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Goldenrod under stormy skies. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Goldenrod under stormy skies. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Storm clouds over the Marne. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
My contribution to PWS' No Edit Friday. Also, a big thank you to Gerardo of PWS for reblogging A Beautiful Storm and your very kind words. It is very much appreciated! :-)
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Storm clouds over the Marne. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

My contribution to PWS' No Edit Friday. Also, a big thank you to Gerardo of PWS for reblogging A Beautiful Storm and your very kind words. It is very much appreciated! :-)

A beautiful storm. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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A beautiful storm. Photo by Amber Maitrejean