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It wont be any surprise to you that about 10 minutes after I shot this I got absolutely drenched.
One thing you can say about the monsoon weather we are currently experiencing in the south is that it is producing some dramatic skies. Between the downpours I spent a fantastic hour at the edge of this field near my home in Kent attempting to combine the elements above with the colourful rows of lavender.
Derek

I have added a variant following Julians (joolsb) comment, lightening the sky on the left hand side.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Storm Clouds Over a Lavender Field.
Username:derekhansen derekhansen
Uploaded:15 Jul 2012 - 10:10 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, General, Kent, Landscape / travel, Lavender field, Shoreham
Votes:72
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 - 10:14 AM

A fantastic image. Worth getting drenched for
Jim

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debu
debu  4 India
15 Jul 2012 - 10:15 AM

Excellent capture.
debu

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 10:24 AM

Simply stunning Derek! Lavender fields are a joy in their own right, but with this sky, you've made them something else!! The light and detail in the foreground are brilliant. No doubt in giving you my UA today!! Smile
Ann

Last Modified By AnnChown at 15 Jul 2012 - 10:24 AM

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Baden
Baden  2156 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 - 10:32 AM

Superb!

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32816 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 10:46 AM

A stunning image, certainly one which would grace any of the worlds top photographers portfolio.

Regards Nathan

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 10:50 AM

One of your favorite locations Derek and you do it justice every time. Superb image of somewhere we wish to go.
Ron.

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
15 Jul 2012 - 10:54 AM

SUPERB *****
Cor.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41022 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 11:11 AM

Superb lighting, Derek, and strong lines pointing to the light.

Dave

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 12:29 PM

I think I'd trim about a third off the left of the image to balance things up a bit...

Nice work, though.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 12:50 PM

Very dramatic Derek, wonderful contrast and gorgeous colour from the lavender!
Please accept my award too!

Sarah *

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5179 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 1:33 PM


Quote: One of your favorite locations Derek and you do it justice every time. Superb image of somewhere we wish to go.
Ron.

It is a great location. If you have the chance to get there in the next week or so PM me. I would be happy to meet up and do another shoot there.


Quote: I think I'd trim about a third off the left of the image to balance things up a bit...

Nice work, though.

I agree that LH side looks a bit too dark Julian, which is odd because the tiff file definitely looks brighter. It was very dark under that cloud but I will do a mod.

Thanks for the C&C's everyone and particular thanks to Ann, Cor and Sarah for their UA's. They are gratefully received.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 1:50 PM

just love the light in those clouds. congrats on the UA's. another of yours on my shortlist. lesley Smile

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 2:12 PM

Fabulous clouds. Love the sea of purple. An amazing image Derek..............Sandy

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charlotte
charlotte e2 Member 934 forum postscharlotte vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 2:39 PM

Stunning image Derek and lightening up the LH side has made all the difference.

Charlotte

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 2:56 PM

yep agree. v2 for me too.lesley

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 2:57 PM

Stunning colour and composition. You definitely did the right thing and correcting the LH side. Grin
Ryan

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Cliff1944
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15 Jul 2012 - 3:34 PM

Great. V2 for me.
Cliff

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15 Jul 2012 - 3:41 PM

No 2 for me mate. Lovely shot.

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 528 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 4:21 PM

excellent image ,V2 for me...class shot
rgds
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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5179 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 4:35 PM

Many thanks for the GEA Laurel. Thats really brightened up my afternoon.

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clive burrow
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15 Jul 2012 - 5:24 PM

Another cracker Derek.

Clive

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Anna_W
Anna_W  2 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 6:45 PM

Wonderfully dramatic with those low, threatening clouds and the pre-downpour light. I especially like the converging lines of the lavender and the way the light is gently highlighting the tips of the plants.
Congrats on your well-earned badges Derek.
Regards
Anna

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 4:07 AM

Superb light. beautifully worked. Paul

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 9:05 AM

Great sky and capture Derek, v2 for me.

regards
Yung

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martinl
martinl e2 Member 10248 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 11:11 AM

V1 wasn't shabby but V2 just shades it now. Congrats on all the awards Derek.
Smile

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 12:12 PM

I have to agree with Julian here, the left weakens the composition slightly, but it's an image any of us would one wall space for. That smell brings back memories of old aunties and horse hair chairs.

Dougie

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16 Jul 2012 - 6:12 PM

Superb image, Derek. I like dark tones so I'm going for moody no 1.
Alun

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5179 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 8:15 PM

Thanks again everyone. I have a few more to upload but I will try not to subject the site to 'lavender overload'.
Many thanks for the UA Yung. Very much appreciated my friend.
Derek

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phil99
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16 Jul 2012 - 9:38 PM

superb colour and use of the light . Ver.2 for me ....Phil

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17 Jul 2012 - 2:46 PM

Brill! Smile

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2012 - 1:15 AM

Wow, that is some sky, but the detail and colour in the FG is also excellent.

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Emu72
Emu72  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 7:54 PM

Good work v2 mate Smile

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ianrobinson
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23 Jul 2012 - 8:43 AM

V2 for me please, excellent comp and all the elements coming together for a change this year Tongue.

Ian

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 6:34 PM

Strange isnt it. I like the slope of the horizon on this one. Ithink its because we can see more of the hill on the left showing us that it is indeed the lay of the land. Like all three but think this is the most dramatic.

Ian

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22 Jan 2013 - 7:50 PM

The hole image just seems to be beautifully balanced.

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