Hello again Alexander
It's great to see another one of your images in the critique gallery, although I will say that had this been in the main gallery, I'd have definitely voted on it! However, as you've put it into the Critique Gallery, I'll give you my thoughts on it.
I love this view. It's harsh, uncompromising and says 'storm' incredibly effectively. It puts the viewer very much in the image, with that big wave about to crest over and tumble towards them - that's a good technique, as we instantly become a 'part' of the image, rather than a passive spectator.
I can't personally see anything wrong with your settings technically, although I would say that if you chose to shoot RAW instead of JPEG, you'd probably get a heck of a lot more out of the image in the post processing stage. The trouble with JPEG is that the camera makes certain decisions for you, at the time of taking the image. It will also throw away some information in order to keep the file at a manageable JPEG size. Unfortunately, you can never get this information back - it's gone, for good. RAW, on the other hand, records everything and discards nothing - it's then up to you as the photographer to process the image as you want, using every single bit of available data that the camera recorded at the time of taking. You're probably already aware of all this already, and shoot JPEG deliberately, but it doesn't hurt to reiterate it, sometimes
I know you see yourself as a purist with your photography, only taking what was there at the time, and will have composed this view deliberately in your viewfinder to include the big chunky rocks on the left hand side, but for me I see this as being more about the upward pointing shards of rocks and that wave, then the heavyness of the left hand side.
So I've done you a mod where I've cropped to almost
a square format, excluding the left hand side of your original image. I've left part of them in for the sake of context, though.
The one thing I absolutely love about this image is that emerald green colouration of the wave, mixed in with a tiny bit of blue here and there. That, for me, is what makes this image. So I've tried to concentrate on that aspect of it and, as part of doing that, I've reduced the blue from your sky a bit as I felt that it competed too much for attention with the colouration of the water. By doing so, I also think that it goes along more with my idea of a storm - blue skies never give me that impression!
I've also adjusted shadows and highlights a little, just to try and bring out a bit more detail in the rock areas. I cloned out a couple of the larger, paler coloured rocks that were sitting on the bottom edge of the frame, as they distracted my eye from going forwards ... that rocky foreground should serve as a pathway to the main event of the wave - it shouldn't prevent the viewer's eye from delving into the image at the outset.
I realise that these aren't things that you would do yourself, given your approach to the naturalness of your imagery. However, for me I think it improves the image. You may agree or not, and that's absolutely fine
[Edit: I've actually done you two mods - the first is exactly as I've described above. The second, however, I used a bit of artistic license and I hope you don't mind. Sometimes, imagery needs
a little bit of something in order to make it into something else, and I've done that with my Mod2. I've retained the emerald green of the water, but given the rest of the image a darker, warmer tone throughout.]