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pj1974 Mar 23, 2008 4:17 AM

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Hello all

When I took this photo I knew it was going to be a big challenge to get the exposure right. That's because the top of this suddenly emerging storm cloud was almost brilliant white, while the bottom was a dark ominous grey.

This also challenged the dynamic range of my camera. I didn't want to loose the whites, so I possibly underexposed a bit just to be safe and did some "highlight / shadows" and other adjustments in post processing to bring out the shadows.

I was at my uncles place in Tasmania - up on a high hill looking towards Launceston and we could literally see the storm develop and approach us, with the wonderful range of colours in that big cloud you see. The storm produced some extremely heavy - but short lived - rain around 5pm that day.

Taken with my Canon 350D and the 18-55mm kit lens.

Thanks for looking! Comments appreciated.


thkn777 Mar 23, 2008 1:10 PM

I can see your dynamic range problem.

You captured the clouds very well and the whole scenery looks quite dramatic. It's almost chilling to look at that photo.

Personally I don't like those dark halos at the white cloud edges, they emphasize the clouds, ok... but I think those were added due to sharpening, hm.

I'd really like to have a go at the original image, because I think the wood in the background looks too dull for the strong light, it just feels "washed out". Hard to explain but recalling similar situations there should almost be a certain "glow" in the sun-lit area.

Here's a weak try, but it shows what I mean:

Best regards,

Bynx Mar 23, 2008 1:55 PM

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Here is my take on it PJ

calr Mar 23, 2008 7:12 PM

First, I like the photo and composition. I like how the big cloud somewhat echoes the shape of the top of the tree.

I especially like Bynx's treatment of the shot. Perhaps you could tell us exactly what you did. Thanks.


Bynx Mar 23, 2008 11:19 PM

First thing was Highlight and Shadow, then removed some magenta from the sky. Lastly I cleaned up the edges around the clouds. There was a purple fringe which didnt look right.

pj1974 Mar 24, 2008 7:01 AM

Bynx, thanks for explaining how you did that. I had already applied quite a bit of highlight / shadow.. but I feel your edit adds value yet again! Much appreciated.

I know how to get rid of the magenta from the sky... but how did you get rid of the purple fringe to the clouds?

You've got a lot of good editting / post processing know-how!!


Bynx Mar 24, 2008 3:09 PM

Getting rid of the purple fringe was easy. I just zoomed in and used the clone tool at a small size and low hardness and replaced the purple with the blue.

nhmom Mar 24, 2008 8:14 PM

That is one ominous looking cloud!

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