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Into the Storm
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Challenge: No-Land Skyscape (Standard Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Helios 40-1 85mm f/1.5
Location: Pretty high up somewhere over India
Date: Jun 23, 2016
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Abstract, Sky
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2016

Not really a lot to say about an image like this; shot from the window of an international flight somewhere over India, the brighter cloud was flashing with lightning every couple of seconds. Lit by the last rays of the sun, while the lower clouds below are already falling into shadow.

Shot handheld through the window under the wing with the amazingly flexible Helios 85mm f/1.5, stopped down a bit for its best sharpness, and manually focused in live view.

There technically is some land under all that cloud, you just can't see it, so hopefully this meets challenge.

Editing: curves, dodging and burning, resize, sharpen. No crop, no spot editing at all.


Place: 1 out of 58
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07/01/2016 05:39:13 PM
Congratulations on another BLUE!

This is lovely.
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07/01/2016 02:07:51 PM
Amazing image!! Congrats on your first place win!
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07/01/2016 08:54:54 AM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that meets the challenge well

Congratulations Eugene for your well deserved blue ribbon. Your image meets the challenge brief in an exemplary very appealing way and no, there is no problem with land as far as I am concerned. What a fascinating cloud structure at both levels made even more appealing with the sunís dying rays to light it up, it looks beautiful, well captured. I think you chose the right one although the outtakes are also very good.

Thanks for a great entry, keep up the good work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2016 09:19:21 PM
Dramatic. Good aerial catch.
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06/26/2016 08:57:45 PM
Beautiful cloudscape!
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