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Storm Front
Storm Front

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A350
Lens: Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens for Sony
Location: New Mexico, USA
Date: Jul 22, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2009

Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, USA. Slight posterirze/HDR look is levels/curves is due to the original being very flat colorwise due to haze.

Use JPG instead of RAW for nice camera noise reduction
PP in Gimp
Levels curves on Cloud Layer
Levels curves on Mountain Layer
USM Mountain Layer

Place: 342 out of 419
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Votes: 146
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/02/2009 10:37:22 PM
I have been experimenting with this type of image and in general, have received about the same results. In my opinion, the foreground is much more dramatic than the sky which I don't think is what was intended. What I discovered in my own explorations of similar images, is that the more dramatic the sky, the more dramatic the image - don't ask me why. In this case, it might have been better to work with the shadows and highlights of the sky and then worked them against the foreground. There is a dichotomy here - the sky is as detailed as the foreground, but the results, in particular with black and white, aren't as effective as they could be - the rather complex shapes, tone and shadows of the clouds are lost and the image feels forced and not at all natural. If it were my image, I would take the original and tweak the tone and/or curves control, then touch up with shadows/highlights to even out the image, then slowly ratchet up those same controls until I got the sky to be more dramatic than the foreground. It is a nice image, don't misunderstand me, but it could use some help to make it truly outstanding.
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