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Suburban Storm

By salopian
This turned into a hefty overhead storm after about 15 mins. I was impressed with the towering clouds and tried to get a sense of the impending drama.


Tags: General Storm clouds NX200

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 3:06PM
A strong sky but much less exposure needed to show the strength of that cloud. You need not have been at ISO800 - 200 would be enough and no need for 1/4000. I wonder why over exposure on auto - I would have expected under.


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dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
2 May 2019 3:28PM
The sky has drama, but as Paul says it needs to be darker.

So, the drama is less than it could be in the image/as it was on the day.

As it stands, it can be darkened but there are burnt out highlights in the cloud and that's a major part of the image so you need to look after those.In this type of situiation, get the higlight areas under control and lift the shadow areas where necessary. You shouldn't need to lift shadows significantly though, so you shouldn't run into noise isseus, well, not if you'd shot at ISO 200 as Paul suggests.

I appreciate that this is about the storm cloud, and a thin strip of countryside for example would be ok but as you have rooftops as your foreground interest I'd like to see more of them. Even just to below the eaves ould be ok. It's akin to just chopping someone's feet off on a full lenght portrait. So we're not talking alot and there's empty space at the top of the image so there was room for manouevre.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
2 May 2019 3:33PM
Just added a mod, where I used Curves to darken the image.

I took a closer look at the histogram and there weren't any burnt out areas, though my point still stands about less ecxposure, as you can bring up the white point much easier.

The crop also makes the impending cloud loom larger in proportion, something else that heightens the drama.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
2 May 2019 6:33PM
Yes, darker works better, looks more ominous.

You light have brightened it in post processing?

Also added a mod, darker still.


salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
4 May 2019 9:28AM
Yes, as Wllie says, dark works better so thanks for both the mods. I've altered the original accordingly!


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