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Guess what... another long exposure.

This time from the other end of the day and an hour after the sun had set. I dashed off from home at 3.45 and it was glorious, cloudy but with those wonderful breaks that let the sun stream through and turn the clouds orange and gold. A 15 minute drive later, the sun was completely obscured and the wind had picked up and the clouds streamed in.

So change of plan and back to the long exposure and a mono conversion.

V2 the original

Sorry if its getting boring and I promise some different stuff, as soon as I get the time to get more than 15 minutes from home.

Thanks to all those that clicked or commented on yesterdays upload.

Mark

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Nov 2012 - 5:26 PM
Focal Length:21mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:240sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:shooting clouds
Username:marktc marktc
Uploaded:9 Nov 2012 - 7:39 PM
Tags:Black & white, Clouds, Fine art, Seascape
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TJC63
TJC63  3 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 7:48 PM

I notice a slightly different crop between the two images. V2 for the colour and V1for the added atmosphere.

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 533 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 7:54 PM

Excellent shot, I think the colour one just edges it for me.... Love the cloud movement Smile

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 8:09 PM

Not boring me at all Mark! I think I prefer the colour version too. The cloud movement is magic! Wish I could do this.
Ann

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 8:10 PM

nicely done with the clouds and comp, v2 for me, i like a bit of colourSmile
ant.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 8:30 PM

Am I just naturally awkward in going for the opposite TongueGrin Normally I would favour the colour but the crop and added mood on the mono makes it a much stronger image. I think maybe the bright yellowish colour in the sky pulls the eye out of the image on v2.

Dave

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 9:36 PM

Very interesting effect in the clouds and quite a clever title, Mark.
-=\Walter

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 9:37 PM

Definitely the mono Mark and you know I love colour.
The f/g interest is strong - great tones and textures for mono.
The sky looks good either in colour or in mono.
One of your best.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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tezquirk
tezquirk  227 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 10:07 PM

Nice capture , Lovely colours in V2 Smile

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64365 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 10:24 PM

Mono for me. I think it gives more depth.
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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 12:57 AM

I like them both---for different reasons, but I think the mono conversion, so well done, is the better of the two!

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 5:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A strong composition here, Mark, and good use of the long exposure.

I think you could afford to work on this a little more, however.
If you examine the histogram you'll find quite a bit of room to manoeuvre as you've not made the best use of the full tonal range available to you, resulting in a rather drab, monotonic, grey image.

If you use levels and hold the alt key whilst adjusting the black or white sliders, you will see where the image starts to clip the shadows or highlights respectively. I would make that adjustment and then back the sliders off a little.
Result: you get a large tonal range than is visible here with punchier shadows and stronger highlights.

Personally I would also use masked curves layers too, to separately adjust contrast for the sky and rocks. I'd also do this before using the levels tool.

It's worth a try and would move this into a different league, imo Grin

Bill

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