Discussion in 'Nature & Wildlife' started by flygning, May 15, 2008.
South Mountain, Phoenix AZ
This picture is very nicely done. This is the type of thing I used to use as my desktop backgrounds on my computer.
The range of the blue from left to right really catches my eye.
The 2 things I notice that I think could have made it a little better are the bottom of the clouds seem a little dark to me.
Also the cactus and the landscape I think could have been made to stand out a little more.
They tend to blend into the background where I think a little bit lighter on the clouds behind it could have made for a really awesome silhouette which would have added to this picture.
Overall, I think you did a good job.
I agree with speedy here - definatly a wonderful capture of the skies! (wish we got sights like that in the UK!) Have you tried selective editing and trying to bring more light out of the lower half of the shot?
Personally I think that the only real way to bring out the lower portion of the shot would have been if (I don't know if you were or were not) you were using a tripod and locked the view and then took one shot exposing for the sky (like you have done already) and then taken another where you are focusing and exposing the lower portion - the ground and lower clouds - then used a layermask (or stiching program) to put the two shots together.
Thanks for the comments! This shot was completely handheld, but I'll go back to the original and mess around with it some and try to bring out the lower portion, since I know how to do that now Not sure right now since I can't access the picture, but that area may have been that dark anyway. We'll see.
Great shot, the photo gives off a real dynamic feel.
I too agree with the dark bottom.. although I think the photo is more of an art piece and should be left alone
Would an ND Grad filter have helped out exposing a little more evenly?
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