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Turbulence In The Sky
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K-Rob


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Challenge: Wind (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Date: Dec 11, 2004
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2004

Taken during sunset last Saturday. The most amazing clouds I've ever seen.

Post Challenge Edit:
I'm so happy about this picture, especially since I almost missed it. A co-worker called me up and told me to grab my camera and run outside. So I did and said WOW! I was so excited that I didn't even pay much attention to the camera settings. In hind sight I could've stopped down some to get a sharper picture but I didn't have a tripod. I had some repeat questions questions during voting so I'll respond here.

Perhaps the crop could have been better because there is actually about 10% more sky in the original picture but there was a huge ugly light post in the way. I couldn't clone it out because this was a Basic Editing challenge. As for the horizon, some wanted to see more and some not at all. Well, if I had shown more you would've seen more of the ugly street which is not good, and if I had removed it I think the picture would've lost perspective and the size of the clouds would've have been lost. As for the colors, they are actually pushed quite a bit but it is actually a direct result of what "Auto Levels" did to the picture. I normally don't use Auto Levels but I'm glad I tried it with this picture. Anyway, thanks again for all your comments and votes. It's very much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 199
Avg (all users): 7.4763
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.3846
Avg (non-participants): 7.5133
Views since voting: 27964
Views during voting: 631
Votes: 317
Comments: 91
Favorites: 139 (view)


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05/14/2006 07:56:35 PM
amazing!.... like that movie... the one whit the aliens
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04/15/2006 11:23:56 PM
this is wonderful!!!!

amazing colors
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12/25/2005 03:43:10 PM
WOW these clouds are awesome.
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08/09/2005 07:51:22 AM
Wonderful sky - it's very difficult to catch the impression of an exciting moment !!!
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07/24/2005 06:09:00 PM
Sweet shot!!!
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06/04/2005 02:40:17 PM
ajay
05/22/2005 11:23:44 AM
This is just a beautiful photograph! Excellent!
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02/15/2005 07:45:27 AM
Brilliant photo - well done !!
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01/24/2005 11:38:25 AM
Amazing!
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12/29/2004 06:01:45 PM
Originally posted by jpochard:

My daughter just brought in some new stamps. They're from a series called "cloudscapes" and there's one on there that looks a lot like yours1 I actually like yours much better. See if this link works:

Postal Service Stamp


Thanks for the link and the compliment Judy. It'svery much appreciated.
12/29/2004 04:15:43 PM
My daughter just brought in some new stamps. They're from a series called "cloudscapes" and there's one on there that looks a lot like yours1 I actually like yours much better. See if this link works:

Postal Service Stamp

Message edited by author 2004-12-29 16:18:24.
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12/28/2004 01:28:35 PM
My sister-in-law (not a photographer) got one of those "Come out and bring your camera!" shots last winter. Also Co. Springs. Awesome mamata clouds. Colorado Springs is one of those places you get great sky shots. Learn to set your Eos to bracket without looking at the controls.
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12/28/2004 02:26:53 AM
amazing shot
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12/27/2004 11:44:41 AM
This shot is something else! Weird clouds... Can you say Close Encounters? I think the cropping is great. It shows the blue skies behind the clouds and, as you said, the building gives you a perspective on how HUGE the spaceship cloud was!!! Well done and a great ribbon winner!
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12/24/2004 09:29:58 PM
Amazing shot, good job on the crop
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12/24/2004 08:52:44 PM
woooow....:)
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12/24/2004 05:26:09 AM
the world is beautiful. Congratulations!!! Tamas
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12/23/2004 02:05:33 AM
gorgeous picture
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12/22/2004 07:21:55 PM
Congratulations on taking the Blue with this amazing shot!
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12/22/2004 01:09:05 PM
Took my breath away....stunning.
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12/22/2004 12:23:52 PM
I gave this a 10 and I'm thrilled to see it got the blue ribbon. Such a gorgeous shot! Good for you :)
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12/22/2004 11:25:30 AM
Well... I said it would probably ribbon. ;) Good Job Rob. (Hey that ryhmes)
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12/22/2004 11:11:21 AM
Simply wonderful scene. What did you have to do with this exactly?!!
; )
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12/22/2004 11:06:38 AM
A well-deserved blue...long overdue. Well done Rob - great shot.
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12/22/2004 11:05:33 AM
Breathtaking!

Congrats!!
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12/22/2004 10:58:36 AM
Beautiful shot, congrats on the bluey!
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12/22/2004 08:42:03 AM
Congratulations on your first blue! This is one of the most interesting nature shots I've seen on here. I'm glad you had the opportunity to share this.
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12/22/2004 07:11:50 AM
Great Shot. We had the same sky that day, but your clouds were much more impressive, Congradulations on your ribbon, Van
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12/22/2004 03:02:48 AM
Congratulations on your blue!!!!! :o)
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12/22/2004 01:31:20 AM
Great Shot, Really Inspiring

Message edited by author 2004-12-22 01:33:41.
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12/22/2004 12:50:32 AM
Wow! Congrats on a very well deserved blue, and the 5th highest-rated photo ever for the Digital Rebel (144th overall, I think). Now get a high-res version uploaded to DPCPrints pronto and tell Mike Daniels where to find them!
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12/22/2004 12:49:03 AM
BTW, if anyone is interested I'd be happy to post more shots from this sunset. I think this was the best one but they are all pretty amazing.
12/22/2004 12:45:42 AM
Woohoo! My first Blue ribbon. I've been waiting for a long time. Now I can participate in the multi-ribbon winners challenges. =D Thanks for the generous votes everyone.

Message edited by author 2005-08-08 23:02:42.
12/22/2004 12:41:51 AM
Holy crap dude, that is an awesome shot. Looks like the mothership paid a visit to you down there. Congrats on your ribbon! Cheers....Martin
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12/22/2004 12:41:03 AM
Many congrats on your blue, Rob!
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12/22/2004 12:34:30 AM
Awesome shot! Too bad we never have skies like that over here. There always seems to be interesting cloud formations in the central part of the continent. Keep up the god work.
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12/22/2004 12:20:12 AM
My god thats incredible! Congradulations on the oppertunity to be exposed to such natural beauty.
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12/22/2004 12:09:50 AM
I'm glad you got a shot of this! The one time in my life I didn't have a camera with me and we had this sky in Col Springs! Beautiful job of capturing this... I still can't believe I missed it. I'm envious!

Give me a call sometime if you want to go shoot... 440-4150
JD Anderson
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12/22/2004 12:04:06 AM
This sky looks mad. lol What an amazing capture and beauty to be added to the DPc archives. Congratulations on your blue with this turbulent image that truly humbles the homo sapiens and all creatures great and small.
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12/22/2004 12:02:13 AM
Congrats on your "Blue"...Great Capture...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2004 09:42:49 PM
Holy @#$% we're being invaded! Cool shot!
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12/21/2004 09:19:39 PM
Beautiful colors, and awesome shapes...wow. Unfortunately, the buildings really detract. I higher crop would have been better.
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12/21/2004 08:48:09 PM
f..in great
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12/21/2004 07:32:15 PM
WOW!!!
Great contrast between the clouds and sky, love the color.
Good luck
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12/21/2004 03:49:40 PM
beautiful...
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12/21/2004 03:44:08 PM
Awesome !
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12/21/2004 11:20:55 AM
That is a megaton sky.
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12/21/2004 11:13:33 AM
This is a great shot!
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12/21/2004 10:21:11 AM
Beautiful image. I love the composition, colors and the sculpted look of the clouds.
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12/21/2004 09:12:51 AM
Gorgeous sky and tones!
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12/21/2004 08:57:15 AM
Incredible sky, the best of lucks in the challenge.
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12/21/2004 02:41:10 AM
Amazing sky and colors! What was going on here? I've never seen anything like this! It looks like we're about to either be invaded by aliens or the Lord is returning!
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12/20/2004 11:56:20 PM
This I like. It looks like the hand of God in the sky.
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12/20/2004 02:56:23 PM
Very nice shot.
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12/20/2004 01:53:06 PM
Excellent Pic. A great sky shot, definite 10
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12/20/2004 11:48:48 AM
oh, REALLY strong. This is the only "atmosphere" photo I've seen thus far int he challenge that isa ctually working to the topic. I might prefer it with no earth references at all, but to do that you'd have to photoshop the houses and trees out: you wouldn't want to crop that tight ont his.
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12/20/2004 10:50:07 AM
Disgustingly cool. The silhouettes at the bottom right look oversharpened. the haloes there detract a bit from the picture.
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12/18/2004 05:27:04 AM
this is an incredibly beautiful image, especially given that this was an open challenge. all the same, it doesn't really convey wind to me. but what do i know...i've never been good at interpreting challenge descriptions--this will probably ribbon anyway.
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12/17/2004 11:41:34 PM
The colors and movement of the coulds are great. I also like how there is a bit of blue at the top showing the 'normal' color of the sky. I would have liked to see a bit more of the cut-off horizon line.
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12/17/2004 11:05:30 PM
Wow. Interesting clouds. Great color. Very striking.
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12/17/2004 04:57:51 PM
Makes me feel small, but sometimes isn't that what we need the most?
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12/17/2004 04:47:25 PM
Uhh... thats amazing... wonderful colors... i like little houses at corner aswell.
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12/17/2004 04:31:48 PM
Whoa now that is some wild cloud formations!
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12/17/2004 03:19:20 PM
This is a really interesting picture of clouds. I have never seen clouds do that before! Great capture!
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12/17/2004 02:06:54 PM
Wow. 7
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12/17/2004 12:42:14 PM
Was that really what it looked like? I like the minimalist land - just right
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12/17/2004 07:42:32 AM
this is a really unusal shot, love the colours, wish there was a little more ground to give the shot a bit more balance - good luck - 9
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12/17/2004 05:28:59 AM
Awesome colours. These clouds look crazy. It seems the wind had some fun up there. Looks like a ribbon winner to me. 9.
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12/16/2004 08:43:25 PM
Amazing looking photograph..I have never seen clouds like that. The only thing that ruins it for me is the horizon...I would have liked have seen more of the ground or none at all, still amazing clouds
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12/16/2004 02:14:20 PM
One word - WOW!
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12/16/2004 02:07:26 PM
Awesome sky and colors. Like all the layers you caught. I am not sure of the necessity to include anything on the ground in this especially my personal arch enemy, the street lamp (although it does exemplify the great detail in this image).
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12/16/2004 01:13:07 PM
Amazing. Probably a ribbon. Beautiful.
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12/16/2004 01:10:49 PM
I like the immensity and beauty of the sky over the silloutted landscape. A lovely shot.
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12/16/2004 12:27:15 PM
Nice pic! I wish you had included a bit more of the horizon.
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12/16/2004 11:05:13 AM
beautiful :))
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12/16/2004 10:22:44 AM
Amazing colors and formations...beautiful capture. Should be top winner
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12/16/2004 09:16:03 AM
Incredible this golden clouds. Never seen such a formation like this before. Definitly 10 points !!
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12/16/2004 02:30:11 AM
I would have shown more of the ground silhouette or cropped it out entirely.
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12/16/2004 01:45:16 AM
this really is an incredible shot
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12/15/2004 09:15:01 PM
good lord that's amazing. those clouds are unbelievable. never seen anything like it. i give it a 9
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12/15/2004 06:00:09 PM
Like the color, contrast, captured in this dramatic photograph. Ok, so the wind may be blowing in the sky, moving the clouds, but I see no evidence in this photo that is blowing on earth. I know, nit picking, so I'll bump it up a place.
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12/15/2004 04:29:28 PM
Returning for a revisit. I think this sky is quite fascinating and your post processing almost lends a surreal beauty. I think you did a good job in creating a lot of drama here. I question whether you used gradient density effects on this image, as under basic editing rules, that is to my understanding forbidden. I'll assume your editing steps were within the limits of the challenge rules. Well done!
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12/15/2004 03:01:55 PM
wow...beautiful
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12/15/2004 02:25:41 PM
Gorgeous colors. Love the shadow and the contrasting clouds. Excellent picture.
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12/15/2004 01:31:10 PM
wow , never saw clouds like that , maybe a little too much color sat
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12/15/2004 07:02:46 AM
Wow - this is such an interesting cloud formation with absolutely amazing colors. You did a really great job with this shot and with representing the challenge.
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12/15/2004 05:01:52 AM
Absolutely Amazing! What an opportunity for this challenge, too! Well done
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12/15/2004 04:43:44 AM
Some mad clouds there. Would look great blown up on a huge wall. Excellent capture.
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12/15/2004 02:39:08 AM
Composition: 8, Technical: 8, Appeal: 8, Challenge: 8, Overall Calculated Average Score: 8
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12/15/2004 12:34:27 AM
WOW!!! Amazing sky.
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12/15/2004 12:06:30 AM
I don't know about wind but this picture is incredible. Nature's wonders.
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