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Sun & Storm

By Darklexus2k12  
The drama in the formation of the clouds, and the way the sun glows on the dark area's.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 4:54PM
Nice dramatic sky captured.

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Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 8:08PM
Hi Cass ,

Real nice capture and welcome !

Maybe its a little flat in the mid-tones and could do with a lift ? Loads of contrast waiting to be helped out.

Try a fairly simple S curves adjustment layer, then flatten and use some local saturation / dodge and run .

Really like your site , they are all mad nutters on here .
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
19 Jul 2012 1:23PM
Welcome to EPZ Cass.

Do what Eviscera said.

We are all nutters, and hes the leader!

Lets know what software you use and what you think your skill level is, - will help us with future critiques.

Enjoy the site.


Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 2:08PM
Welcome to EPZ. A nice idea but perhaps, for me, a little more base and a little less sky. I realise the sky is your main subject but an overall composition is required to show it at its best.

You appear to have added lots of text mixed up with the foreground as well which for me detracts from your image as it messes up what we are able to see in the bottom left corner. In fact I think you would have had a much better picture had you concentrated on the bottom right hand corner alone. The sky there has a better quality and you can get a better balance of foreground/background and the etxt is not required in EPZ. So perhaps use the long part of your zoom or fit a longer zoom/prime lens to your camera body in order to do that. Only a suggestion mind but I feel worth looking at.

I will upload a mod but it makes the mod image so small that I have had to increase its size, which will not help here.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 10:46PM
hi, and a warm welcome to epz

im another nutter im afraid (though maybe not so nuts as Dave) GrinGrin

he is right, there is a fantastic sky here and maybe a bit more could be pulled from it.

i cant help but think though that the sky is all im finding of interest and the foreground is pretty inconsequential and isnt strong enough to counter the strength within the sky.

i think a sky like that is worth keeping to one side to use in composite images and one you could use time and time again.

ny guess is that you have already done a fair bit of boosting in the sky and that may have been done with the saturation slider etc. im saying this because of the brightness against the dark mass and the fact that there is some noticable fringing on the horizon.

i prefer to build up the strength of the orange glow with a multiplied layer and then being selective about the areas i am strengthening by painting back out in a layer mask. then i would go for the s curve and some local burn / dodging. the overall result will look more natural and less cooked.

best regards

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