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Storm 2

By salopian
Same storm as in previous post but with more foreground to put it into context. I darkened the image following the excellent mods on the previous shot.


Tags: General Darker Storm clouds

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
4 May 2019 1:32PM
Yes, I think the mono does convey the mood better I think

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
4 May 2019 8:45PM
Storm clouds with loads of ominous atmosphere, and the mono tends to work best.
Well done for taking critique on board and demonstrating the way to improve the storm image.

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
5 May 2019 2:45PM
The B/W does seem to work better - inspired to try it after seeing some of Moira's previous B/W mods.
Thanks for viewing.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
5 May 2019 6:00PM
Much better as the clouds actually look stormy now. Te problem with general darkening is that the buildings have gone muddy. I would be brightening the foreground a touch to give some structure between foreground and sky.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
6 May 2019 10:27AM
I'm a bit late here. It was a difficult scene to capture because of the massive dynamic range, the sky and the street are two different worlds. How to balance them while keeping the drama of the contrast...

I've added two mods. For the first I used the Camera Raw filter to reduce contrast and adjust shadows and highlights. Then I used the dodge and burn tools very gently, huge brush, over the lower part of the frame.

My main intention, predictably I guess, was b&w and I worked that in Nik Silver Efex. Increased contrast, a bit of burn edges, and a hint of selenium toning for a slightly eerie feel.
salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
6 May 2019 4:17PM
Paul, thanks for the comment re foreground brightening. I realised I didn't know how to do this so I consulted my Photoshop book and had a look at the selection tools available on screen. I located one (quick selection tool) and found that running the cursor round the inside edge of the selected area, the dotted lines automatically snapped to the edge and I was able to brighten the foreground as I pleased. I realise most would already know about this, but Paul's comment inspired me to find out myself. I applied it to the B/W mod and am pleased with the result, though it doesn't compare with Moira's excellent 2nd mod - very eerie -thanks.
One never stops learning on this Gallery.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
6 May 2019 9:51PM
The Quick selection tool is brilliant, a few pointers:

Varying the brush size will reduce or increase the tool's sensitivity when selecting an area. I tend to stick to a very low setting and expand gradually.

After selecting an area, check out very carefully that the selection is accurate - it's worth going in close. There are a couple of dodgy bits in your modification - above the tree on the left and on the edge of the main roof.

If the selected area overruns, go to Inverse in order to jog the edge back to where it should be.

Generally it's worth feathering by a few pixels, so that you don't create a hard edge to the area you work on.
salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 9:37AM
Thanks for the advice Moira - I shall be experimenting more in the future.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
7 May 2019 11:36AM
In situations like this, where the foreground in this case needs to be lightened I use the freehand lasso tool and draw around the area to be adjusted. Or on the original, draw around the clouds and darken them, leaving the foreground untouched.

I then Feather the selection, the amount depending on the image size. You'll need a greater feathering amount on your original full size image than on the one I can download here so I can't give any useful numerical suggestions. Suffice to say larger feathering anounts give a softer transition and thus a less discernible 'edge', preferably no edge at all!

You could also use Layers and Layer Masks to achieve the same result.

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
8 May 2019 9:43AM
Thanks for the info, I shall use the feathering option to get the softer transition. Plenty for me to try - I shall have to get to grips with Layers and Layer Masks as I have never really understood them.


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