Clouds & Sunsets (C&C)

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  1. Skedaddle

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    I took these a few days ago and am just now getting around to putting them up for some C&C. Are the colors ok? Does the composition look good? If there is anything else you would change please post it.

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    Exposure Time - 1/1600 sec
    Shutter Speed - 1/1614 sec
    F-Stop - f/7.10
    Focal Length - 6.00 mm

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    Shutter Speed - 1/1000 sec
    F-Stop - f/3.5
    Focal Length - 17.3 mm

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    Shutter Speed - 1/640 sec
    F-Stop - f/3.2
    Focal Length - 12.6 mm

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    Shutter Speed - 1/640 sec
    F-Stop - f/3.2
    Focal Length - 12.6 mm

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    to me the last one is the best. i like that is more than just some clouds in the picture and the color combination is nice.
    most people would say that this is a cliche but its fine with me.

    i have tons of photos like this but i use them to cheat :)) when i have a nice picture with a blown out sky i just replace it.
     
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    Thank you for the comments. :) I'll have to try the technique of changing the background on a photo whith a blown out sky. I have a book that shows me how, I just haven't done it yet.

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    The biggest problem with sunset/cloud shots is that there is not a lot to hold the eye. The patterns in the clouds are neat, but they are all over the frame, so my eye darts from place to place. You really need to find a subject to add in to these -- a tree on the horizon, someone watching the clouds, etc. Then the clouds can be in the photo -- and look awesome -- but there's something to keep your interest as well.
     
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    I would have put a tree in the last photo but I felt I couldn't because there would also be houses and a lamp post in the photo. I get what you are saying though. Thanks for the comments.

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    #1 Doesn't hold me. It's clouds.

    #2 I like this one better. I like the diagonal, changing density, and changing color. The dark clouds bother me. Go away dark clouds, you're in the way! ;)

    #3 Ooooh, better still! But as said before, nothing really holds myinterest for long.

    #4 Now we're talkin'! I'd like to see a wider band of the yellow on the bottom, but you were probably pushing onto the horizon, would be my guess. Very cool. Best of the four. :thumbup:
     
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    You must have some nice weather where you live. The skies look lovely! I agree with the people above, the first couple are nice, but there isn't much of a subject. I like them more and more as they progress into a sunset. The last one has beautiful colors and I think it uses the rule of thirds nicely. Did you try to shoot any of these horizontally? It might look nice that way too. Good work.
     
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    Thank you for the comments. :) I would have tried a horizontal but was unable as to the left of me was a truck and house, in front of me was a street light and to the right was a tree. So, I had to take the shot vertically.

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    Indeed, the best was saved for last. I liked the colors of photo #4 and its transition from one color to another. I think that photo, if done in HDR, would be amazing.

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    Thank you for the comments.

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    I do like them, they're really nice formations, but there isn't much to lead the eye into the photo, or there isn't really a main subject. Nevertheless, I do like that last one, but a tree, or even a person in silhouette would make for a really nice bit of foreground interest.
     
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    Thank you for the comments. Is there a way for me to take the last photo and put a person or a tree at the bottom of it?
     

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