Last evening the weather front came across from the Ranges to the West of Hawkes Bay. As the front moved towards here I decided to photograph it. (Now there's a surprise!). However when I looked at the photo it was rather poor. OK I'm still not quite sure why it was slightly out of focus. I think I'd left the camera on manual focus when I changed from automatic. The result was:
Please ignore the focus because this is actually about manipulation. I'd bracketed the exposures and the above was the middle exposure unadulterated from the camera. So I decided to adjust the shadows slightly in iPhoto with what I would accept for myself as showing you what I wanted to show ie the weather front:
However as I had bracketed the exposures I decided to unleash Photomatix on it with the following result:
Hmmm. I'm not sure about that if for no other reason that the front has lost its foreboding darkness. But at least it's a start.