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Hud Hud.

By IshanPathak  
It is very rare to see such a weather in October in India, but this was due to the Cyclone Hud Hud which has caused immense damage in our country.

As usual, i love shooting clouds.. Dark, unnatural clouds and this time it was no different.

Any CC will be appreciated Smile

Tags: Clouds Architecture Specialist and abstract Wildlife and nature

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Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2014 10:40PM
A commendable effort to portray a stormy sky, but for me, the buildings are too dark, to the point any definition is lost. It perhaps masks the untidy foreground, but with a slightly brighter exposure you could have darkened the sky later.

Overall, just a bit too moody, but there should be detail in there to bring out with some careful work.


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IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
14 Oct 2014 5:27AM
It was very difficult to handle the exposure in such dark weather. I tried increasing the ISO, but the clouds lost their charm, it was just basic plain clouds at that point then.

Anyway thank you for you critique Nick Smile

dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
14 Oct 2014 9:56AM
I think there's a good picture in here, though I agree with Nick about the foreground being too dark (alternatively, too extensive: just a fringe of very dark buildings would be fine.

I've done two mods - one cropping the foreground to a minimum, and the other dodging the foreground to emphasise the highlights more, then processing in Nik Efex for a sort of "etched" look. I suspect those who know how to use layers may be able to do the latter more successfully than I have done it.
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
14 Oct 2014 1:35PM
I love your second mod,
Quote:Nik Efex
I have not heard of it. BlushBlush

Though i wish it wasnt that noisy though. Still thank you for taking out the time to show me more of the possibilities Smile

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2014 3:43PM
Basically, the tonal range is too great. You need the foreground brighter, but the brighter area of the sky darker. You may be able to do something in software, but, I suspect, not enough. I hate to say it, but HDR might have been the way to go, or a graduated ND filter. How many people regularly carry such items unless on a known commission?

Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2014 6:27PM
I do! There's always a 2 stop grad in my bag, along with a polariser...even if I'm shooting other stuff.

I appreciate you might be having trouble in the dark, but the best way to compensate is to put your camera on a tripod, that way, the shutter speed is largely immaterial and you can concentrate on the best exposure without worrying about shake.

You might also want to turn off any in-camera adjustments like contrast and saturation and, better still, shoot raw. That will help extract the maximum detail from the file. Every time you go to jpg, you lose a lot of information, so it pays to keep exactly what you want and discard what you don't, rather than letting your camera make the decision for you.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2014 7:09PM
It's broody and moody, Ishan, and I can imagine it being used for advertising a film like The Amityville Horror Tongue!

I know you enjoy photographing clouds, and capturing the atmosphere, but the drama of this phenomena doesn't quite come across to the viewer here.
John's idea of removing some from the bottom works well.
I wonder if the house would be better if in silhouette.

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
14 Oct 2014 7:31PM
Hey i was planning to watch this movie! Why so low rating though?

I too thought for a silhouette. So i played with this pic a bit. Am uploading some variants, please let me know what you all think Smile

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
14 Oct 2014 7:42PM

Quote:but the best way to compensate is to put your camera on a tripod, that way, the shutter speed is largely immaterial and you can concentrate on the best exposure without worrying about shake.

I dont have one and i use a PNs so hardly a tripod would support it. ( correct me if i'm wrong though Grin )

Quote: better still, shoot raw

Again PNS Sad No RAW mode.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
14 Oct 2014 8:59PM
The camera will fit a tripod Ishan as long as it has the threaded hole in the bottom plate. If you have a tripod, you can take multiple exposures at different settings and combine them in post processing; not unlike exposure bracketing.

The movie is pathetic, thats why the bad rating! If you like B- movies its worth a watch.

I tried a mod.

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
15 Oct 2014 5:33AM
Nope i dont have a tripod, but would be considering one when ill a DSLR that is ' most probably' between March to May.

Your mod is great as always Willie. Though would like a feedback on V2 and V3. I personally feel they are over done but would prefer an expert comment.

PS : Not interested if its pathetic. Some compared it to Insidious so i had planned to watch it as Insidious is one of my favorite horror flicks.WinkGrin

TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2014 10:37AM
Hi Ishan

Although I do like the sulphur-like colouration of the clouds in V3, I personally feel that V2 and V3 don't really give enough detail in the house itself to add anything to the feel of the original image. That brooding sense of something sinister is lost, although if you wanted just sinister clouds, then you've certainly achieved that one Smile

For me, the spooky old house is integral to the feeling of the overall image which, I think, is what you wanted to achieve in the first place. It's the combination of the clouds, and the house, that give that overall sense of otherness and mood. With the house too much in silhouette at the bottom of the frame, it just becomes a dark lump that the eye skips over because it doesn't contain enough detail for the viewer to explore.

On the subject of tripods, if you don't have the resources or the desire to get one yet - an alternative is a bean bag (yup, honestly!). Obviously, you'll need something to put it on, but they're great for giving a stable base for your camera without the trouble of lugging around a full size tripod. They're even really ease to make, if you wanted to go the DIY route - just make a sturdy bag somehow, and then fill it with something like dried beans, split peas, or even rice - basically, something that you can nestle a camera into so that it provides support ... and the beauty of it is that it fits into a pocket (unlike most tripods Grin).

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
15 Oct 2014 1:33PM
Great idea Tanya, ill certainly give this a go. It sounds quite silly but if you say so, then i'm sure it will give good results Smile

Thank you for your comment Smile

TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2014 1:47PM
I know it sounds a bit daft, but it's a very valid option - honest!! Have a look on a couple of photographic retailer websites (i.e. Wex Photographic or Amazon) and you'll see that I'm not as daft as I sound Wink

Prices vary for the ready-made ones, which why the DIY route is ideal if you don't want to spend your dosh!! Grin
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
15 Oct 2014 1:54PM
Ok sure, ill check it out and then decide whether to go for DIY or ready made Smile
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2014 11:22AM
Your silhouetted versions don't work so well, Ishan, because the sky is too dark for the silhouetted house to have impact.


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