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By sunie316      
Sunset clouds in the sky

Tags: Wildlife and nature Nature and General


Merlin_k Plus
11 39 13 United States
3 Jul 2017 4:44PM
Lovely lighting which lead me to look at this. But too much empty sky, the single beam of light doesn't hold it strongly enough.
I have cropped to a etterbox, both to reduce the empty sky but also to remove that irritating black lower right corner (what did you clip). Also increased the contrast a bit.

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2017 6:35PM
I've been thinking along the same lines as Merlin, Sunie.
The single ray is quite bright, but you handled it well, with no overexposure.

This is a dynamic image, but needs a few tweaks in order to make more of it.

There is a lot of noise in the image, which I removed.
I then cropped to square, offsetting the ray, as this looks more pleasing than having it in the middle, and cropping three sides. The crop leaves quite a bit of sky at the top, accentuating the length and strength of the single beam.
I then adjusted highlights, shadows, brightness, saturation and sharpness.

dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1576 England
4 Jul 2017 7:00AM
As above: a beautiful moment, and some time spent on refining the image will be well invested. Even the most beautiful occasion needs all the technical details sorting out - here, a lower ISO, and slightly wider aperture, maybe a slower shutter speed as well, and you might have achieved a sharper, more noise-free image. But that upward beam of light simply had to be shot...

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2149 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2017 5:19PM
Well done, this is way better than your previous cloud image, it has a real sense of bulk in the clouds, and a strong composition thanks to that ray of light. It just needs to be cropped on the right to get rid of that distracting black wedge of whatever-it-was.

Pamela's modification works best for me, by placing the ray of light off-centre it makes the effect much more dynamic.

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