This past weekend I decided to make the drive up to Old Orchard Beach in Maine to photograph its famous pier. The forecast looked promising for a nice sunrise, with some clouds arriving at dawn and temps in the low 30’s (that’s pretty warm for Maine in February). Well they got it half right. It was a balmy winter morning, but the clouds failed to materialize. Again.
So what does one do when the clouds you expected don’t show up? You covert your images to black & white (this is of course after you’re finished cursing). I also went a little further with this shot giving it a darker processing treatment, while still leaving some nice light on the side of the buildings. Although I like using plug-ins for most of my B&W conversions like Silver Efex Pro or Perfect B&W, I was able to coax out the image I wanted this time by just using the tools in Lightroom.
It wasn’t the sunrise long exposure I had hoped for, but still an image that I like.