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Into the Storm II
Into the Storm II

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Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Helios 40-1 85mm f/1.5
Location: The skies over India
Date: Jun 23, 2016
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Abstract, Sky
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2017

Shot at the same time as Into the Storm:

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. The heat of the sensor due to being in live view for an extended period is responsible for the surprisingly high noise, despite this being an ISO 100 shot - something I need to keep a closer eye on in future.

I decided to take the editing a little further than the original, and revisit it using some techniques I've picked up more recently - most specifically, wavelet decompose. Separating the image into detail scales, I boosted the relative small details in parts of the upper cloud while reducing the broader details in smoother places, as a form of manual noise reduction of sorts.

Editing: curves, dodging and burning, wavelet decompose and detail scale adjustment in various areas of the image, resize and selective sharpen.

Place: 78 out of 150
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01/27/2017 02:17:58 PM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that contributes well to the challenge

Mother nature, the greatest artist of them all! The magnificent cloud shapes are beautifully enhanced by the gorgeous lighting that is brilliantly showing off the bright cloud against the textured contrasts of the darker lower clouds, ah its all majestically serene yet threateningly powerful. It could all easily be re-imagined into an iceberg amongst the freezing waters with its reflection and turbulent waves. Your exposure has captured the exquisite detail throughout in a most pleasing way. Yet another superb entry Eugene, thank you for sharing.
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01/24/2017 07:06:11 PM
Powerful image! already voted.
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01/22/2017 07:18:58 PM
Fabulous picture of storm clouds. Hope you were somewhere safe when you took it.
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