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Posting a screenshot of my Lava Kiss photo before & after in Lightroom if anyone is curious. I imported my CR2 RAW files as DNG, as seen by having my mouse over the file below. The file to the left of it is the .PSD file generated by opening it in Photoshop so I could resize and sharpen it manually. You can also see the other photos in the film strip - those haven't been edited yet at all, but I'll get to those eventually ;)

As you can see, all I did was bring out more color and detail in the shadows, and warmed the highlights a bit.

If you missed the technique of how it was shot, it was as followed:

I'd already taken the group photos of my friends in the rain (see filmstrip shots on the left), but I wanted a photo too. My camera was on the tripod already framed and pre-focused, so I just had one friend press the shutter while another took over holding the speedlite behind us. (+Ed White had been the speedlite person for the prior images). In the photo immediately after the selected one, you can see what happens when the speedlite goes off directly into the lens - flares that wipe out everything!

So yeah...no fancy Photoshop compositing, just a wireless flash system, helpful friends, rain, lava, and Lightroom. :)
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I love this photo and the safe that you posted a How-to about it almost as much. Thanks! 
 
That's a very unique image and moment, great idea and execution !
 
Stopped by from PetaPixel. Awesome shot!
 
Came from PetaPixel, and have to drop by and say "That's a nice one!!"
 
Hah.. i guess i'm not the first person to see you've been blogged .)
 
But seriously.. wow on the haters... so what if it's not your bestest shot of all time.. it was more about capturing the moment than doing 100 takes to get everything perfect.
 
+Zarli Win Gee, I've always assumed it's my bestest shot of all time...just imperfect in the eyes of some viewers. ;) 
 
+Dallas Nagata White dude.. seriously... there's a guy hating on it cause you used Lightroom... must be a Mac user .p
 
+Dallas Nagata White just don't name your first child, "Leica M9 White" cause that might cause me to die laughing... .)
 
Nah, only the dogs get photography names. The children will have legendary names. Maybe even in an orange font. ;)
 
Looks awesome and well done :).

I've had a few viral shots too but sadly its people stealing them and people not knowing it was me :(. Its good to see you and your image getting the respect you both deserve :)
 
This is so bloody hot I can barely stand it. HOT HOT HOT. 
 
The only word that comes to my french mind is : "awfull, indeed!"
(uh, 2 words... ok) ;)
 
Wow - Hot, hot, hot is right.  Great idea and glad you captured just one more.  :)
 
great photo, even before lightroom. Congrats!
 
Желаю вам победы, это действительно прекрасный кадр *)
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Hi Nagata White, just one question:
Your LightRoom photo shows Shutter: 1.0 sec
How come the rain drops appear so still and not like a blizzard?
 
+Sabih Zafar Ullah because the flash was not one second long, so it froze the rain in an instant, and then the slightly longer exposure allowed the camera to record more color and light from the lava :)
 
Thanks for sharing this image & the creation of it.  When I first came across it I could not believe it was not a PS creation.  What an awesome experience!
Gene C
 
I must've been living in a cocoon these past few months to only find out about this photo now. /sadface

Really awesome stuff +Dallas Nagata White and I just love the fact that you've a dog named Kodachrome!! are there pics of Koda on here?
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