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Sun and clouds

By AM74
This time, I am going to be brave and therefore uploading a totally unedited shot. No Lr, no cropping, nothing! I recognise I have punched above my weight by attempting to catch the sun. Managed to get a bird in it too!
I sort of like it I think and it may have potential? Would love to know your technical viewpoint.

Tags: Snow Sun Clouds Bird Wildlife and nature

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ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
11 Dec 2017 4:05PM
A great silhouette!
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
11 Dec 2017 5:26PM
This is quite nice. Almost a bit spooky too.

Try to use an aperture no lower than f/16 for optimal lens sharpness; this would also drop your ISO for this shot.

I would sharpen it a small amount, and rotate to get the centre vertical, - not a lot really needed.

Two mods, one has a warming filter applied after sharpening and cropping, the next is a duo toned shot. Both have more shadow detail in the roofs, but you might want even less for more of a silhouette effect.


11 Dec 2017 10:38PM
Thank you Willie for the tip re aperture. Love Mod1 Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2017 8:50AM
I love that bird in the sky, it looks so sinister! Edgar Allan Poe - Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore!'

This is all about atmosphere, so I thought I would have some fun. I worked a mono version in Nik Silver Efex Pro, which is part of the Nik Collection - a set of plugins that can be downloaded free of charge from Google. I started with a pre-set, film noir 1, and then played with vignette, border, grain, contrast. I finished off in Elements. I was going for a Gothic look.
12 Dec 2017 11:16PM
Thanks Moira. It is Gothic alright! Grin
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
13 Dec 2017 11:16AM
Spot metering is a 'brave' choice in an automatic mode...

Was there a specific reason for that choice? Exposure is a complex area, if you do the detail, and you tend to need the detail to get really good results from spot metering with consistency.

Lovely and atmospheric - Moira has done the sort of mod I'd have done...
16 Dec 2017 11:14PM
I wish I could cleverly reply why I was using spot metering, but the simple reason is that I tried both evaluative and spot metering that day, and the results with the latter seemed better in the snow!
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
17 Dec 2017 4:41PM

Much is explained. I would strongly recommend using evaluative, and the plus/minus compensation control - it's what I do, and I think what most of the people who comment here do.

Spot metering is great when you understand exposure thoroughly, and know which areas you will want to meter from: without that knowledge, it's a lottery.

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