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shooting clouds

By marktc  
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.


Tags: Seascape Clouds Fine art Black and white

Voters: andylea, TJC63, JaHa and 23 more

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TJC63 6 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 7:48PM
I notice a slightly different crop between the two images. V2 for the colour and V1for the added atmosphere.

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fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 7:54PM
Excellent shot, I think the colour one just edges it for me.... Love the cloud movement Smile
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 8:09PM
Not boring me at all Mark! I think I prefer the colour version too. The cloud movement is magic! Wish I could do this.
zapar40 7 66 5 Wales
9 Nov 2012 8:10PM
nicely done with the clouds and comp, v2 for me, i like a bit of colourSmile
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
9 Nov 2012 8:30PM
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.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
9 Nov 2012 9:36PM
Very interesting effect in the clouds and quite a clever title, Mark.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 9:37PM
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.
tezquirk 6 27 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 10:07PM
Nice capture , Lovely colours in V2 Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
9 Nov 2012 10:24PM
Mono for me. I think it gives more depth.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 Nov 2012 12:57AM
I like them both---for different reasons, but I think the mono conversion, so well done, is the better of the two!
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
20 Nov 2012 5:50PM
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


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