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Thundering Tower

By IshanPathak  
This is converted version of my previous shot Hazel Sky.

I really love shooting sky shots, and would like to know how to improve this image and advices on how/when i should capture sky shots, of what type and stuff.

Any C&C Greatly Welcome Smile

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Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2014 5:00PM
I would say that to capture good skies, you need to shoot with that in mind, rather than just converting other shots.

It's underexposed...the sky might be salvageable, but the rest is blocked up shadows. I'm guessing the sky was actually quite bright which has caused the underexposure. So, you will need to meter for it specifically.

The mast isn't really strong enough here to hold the interest. Shooting somewhere you have more sky in shot (ie not among trees) and making more of the subject will increase its impact in the frame. Here you could have got a lot closer, turned the camera upright and got rid of the trees at the same time the mast would then have dominated the shot and had a more interesting structure in silhouette. The dark in the frame here is just wasted space.

Skies, the same as any subject, usually look best when lit well. Late afternoon or early morning, when the sun is very low, is usually the best time, as the clouds are side lit, bottom lit or even backlit.. Top lighting, such as you get most of the day, is usually poor and uninteresting.
Get used to looking at the weather, learn when particular clouds are likely to form, and you will be in a better position to photograph them. Like shooting wildlife, a bit of knowledge and fieldcraft goes a long way.

Also, look for subjects that work with cloud formations...they need to be pretty dramatic to work on their own, and usually require something to anchor the composition. Get a local map and make notes on it when you see likely places, then if conditions are good, you will know where to go when the time comes.

Nick

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IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
23 Aug 2014 5:09PM

Quote:It's underexposed...the sky might be salvageable, but the rest is blocked up shadows. I'm guessing the sky was actually quite bright which has caused the underexposure. So, you will need to meter for it specifically.



Well i wanted a bit underexposed effect. Guess it got bit over..


Quote:The mast isn't really strong enough here to hold the interest. Shooting somewhere you have more sky in shot (ie not among trees) and making more of the subject will increase its impact in the frame. Here you could have got a lot closer, turned the camera upright and got rid of the trees at the same time the mast would then have dominated the shot and had a more interesting structure in silhouette. The dark in the frame here is just wasted space.


Agrreed, but there is really no place in Gorakhpur where i ca get what you are saying.
Couldnt have gone any closer, because i was on terrace. Could have zoomed though, but my previous picture Hazel Sky, didnt look as good so thought to do something different.

Thank yuo so much for your tips/critique/advices Smile

Ishan
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2014 5:51PM
Just too heavy and the mast, whilst filling my need for a subject, is somewhat indistinct. If it were a colourful sky, then you needed to stay with colour. Then possibly have the sky a touch lighter to show the mast as a full silhouette.

Paul
dudler Plus
16 978 1536 England
24 Aug 2014 2:11PM
Hi, Ishan -

Sorry I'm late to comment: a busy week.

The main things have been said already. I think, though, there's a place for this kind of underexposure. Much brighter ,and you'd have had blown highlights.

The problem is to find a composition that is sufficiently interesting to hold the eye beyond the first glance: you either need it in the cloud formations, or in the tree outline - or a subject closer to the camera.

That makes the difference between a snap (grabbed when you see something) and a composition (where you have sought out or waited for all of the elements of a fine picture). You can't manufacture a great shot from every scene - though you can make a workmanlike job of shooting anything, any time.

I suspect, though, that like me, you want, really, to make great shots of everything you see. There's an important lesson in this - keep trying, and acknowledge that you will often fail. But the best shots are built on the experience of taking the less good ones, as the winning athletic performance is built on all the training.
Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2014 3:07PM

Quote:my previous picture Hazel Sky, didnt look as good so thought to do something different.


Not a personal criticism, but therein lies a problem with so many images on here. Why did you think a picture, that you previously thought wasn't very good, would look better photoshopped further?

Many people seem to think that a poor picture will magically be transformed into brilliant art by converting it to black and white, as if it's become "something different and more worthy" in the conversion...the fact is, it isn't "different", it's the same picture with the same faults, just less colour.

Some pictures suit colour, some monochrome, and just occasionally both. There is no harm in trying different things, but please don't fall into the trap of thinking black and white will save a bad picture or compensate for bad light.
If you want to shoot monochrome, it's better to study others' work to see why it works (and why it doesn't) and shoot with a view to converting, rather than just trying it in photoshop later.


Quote:Agrreed, but there is really no place in Gorakhpur where i ca get what you are saying.


Photos seldom fall in your lap. You have to look around you for things and places you can use, and use your imagination to surmount obstacles. Otherwise your photos will always have an excuse attached to them.

Nick
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
24 Aug 2014 3:49PM
Thank you John and Nick.

I agree with you John, thanks for the motivation. Will try harder next time Smile

Nick: I just wanted to do something different which ' may ' have worked.
Nevertheless would try for something different in clouds and keep uploading for more advices Smile

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