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Storm Approaching

By crookymonsta
Driving back to the B&B one day I spotted this barn with the most amazing sky behind it, so had to stop and get a couple of pics before the heavens opened.

Very little in the way of processing, my skills are minimal to say the least, so any advice on how it can be improved would be very much appreciated, mods enabled.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: marktc, gwynn56, morpheus1955 and 11 more

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2012 12:33PM
Hi Sandra, it doesn't need terribly much doing to it!

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
21 Jun 2012 4:09PM
Hi Sandra,

I can see why you wanted to capture this sky with a storm brewing.

To a certain point processing is a personal choice so i'm not quite sure what you personally would consider an inprovement. A very simple alteration would be to lighten the foreground to make the machinery more visable and and leave or darken the sky a touch.

Firts make a copy of your image (always work on a copy) then go to levels and lighten the midtones slightly by pulling the middle pointer on the slider to the left, then apply a layer mask and erase the effect from the sky by setting the colour to black and using the brush to paint over the sky. If you remove the effect from areas you didn't want to change the colour to white and brush over those areas agian and this will replace the effect. If you want to darken the sky do the same again but this time move the middle slider to the right.

Sandra it's just a matter of playing with any adjustments you have so long as you always work on a copy you can't do any harm, if it's not as you like it throw the copy in the bin, make another and go again Grin. When you've achieved what your happy with flatten the image and save as abc or 123 etc then when you close your original DO NOT save any changes. Wink

Take care
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
21 Jun 2012 5:51PM
Martin makes a good point Sandra, - what would YOU like to see improved?

Youve made some changes to it already judging by the aspect ratio? From the pov of composition, you have the shed right in the centre, weras you needed to make the sky the dominant subject, - so more sky, less grass and shed for me.

The shed area is very dark as is expected, and it contains a lot of colours, apart from the grass, that see oversaturated.

I would suggest that you redu7ce the contrast in the non sky area, and reduce saturation, and increase contrast in the sky area, as you are essentially dealing with two different shts in the one image. You want to de emphasize one, and emphasize the other. In addition, adding more sky, and more width on the right to balance makes a better looking shot I think.

Also think about mono. Threatening skies can look great in mono.

Ive loaded 2 mods, a colour with the tweaks Ive mentioned, and a duo toned mono.

As you post processing skills are limited (practice!) best to make the most of this though when shooting, - more sky, less ground.


vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2012 9:04PM
I can't see it needs any post processing as it looks good as it is, although I agree a mono version would be good. Vicky
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Jun 2012 8:08AM
I'm glad you didn't process this much 'cos then we pretty much get to see what you saw. I think you've caught the sky well and as for the shed and stuff, that can't be helped. Like you said, you had to get a grab before the skies opened. So it sounds like you didn't have the time to get yourself to a point to exclude the shed.


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