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Storm Chaser
Storm Chaser

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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D300s
Date: Aug 3, 2011
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3 sec
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2012

Shot on a 42-ft trawler doing about 6 knots on a ride from a marina in Portsmouth to Newport, RI. I was lucky enough to have a storm quickly move in right around sunset as we approached Newport harbor. This is definitely not "out of the camera", although I think it looks a lot closer to how I saw the sky.

Tone mapped in Photomatix Pro, used Topaz adjust to add some color/texture to the sky and the wood on the deck, lens correction filter to add a little vignette, levels adjustment to brighten the foreground, some dodge/burn in various places, hue/saturation adjustment to tone down the yellows in the foreground.

As a semi-noob to DPC, this is my first "best of" challenge, and since I picked my shot in the first day or two of the challenge announcement, I drove myself nuts tweaking this picture over the next 3 weeks. I have 14 versions of this photo in a folder, and after looking at them consecutively, I can barely remember why I liked or disliked any of them. Oh well, I had a blast taking this shot, and I'm glad I get to enter it so many months later.

Place: 163 out of 410
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 6.8462
Avg (participants): 5.9101
Avg (non-participants): 6.3953
Views since voting: 331
Views during voting: 434
Votes: 232
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/24/2012 10:17:06 AM
Beautiful sky framed with a lovely set of curves. Fantastic and way underrated image, in my opinion. Great job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2012 12:01:32 AM
Lot of subtle power in here, nice.
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02/19/2012 04:59:05 PM
Fantastic sky and wide angle.
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02/19/2012 01:48:03 PM
Very cool clouds and details. I'm just not a real big fan of the curved/fisheye style.
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02/19/2012 01:47:38 PM
Fabulous perspective and sky. 10
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02/19/2012 05:14:50 AM
Unique POV and nice textured painted sky. Good exp. That UWA distortion is difficult to control.
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02/18/2012 12:34:52 AM
Sometimes fish eye lenses work, sometimes they don't .. in this case it worked - nicely done -
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02/16/2012 10:09:02 PM
Love the fire in the sky on the clouds.
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02/16/2012 03:17:48 PM
Great point of view. Nice colors, composition, and what a dramatic sky. Well done. 8
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02/15/2012 02:18:52 AM
Gorgeous sky. I find the larger parts of the frame with the boat really distract from what I want to see more of.
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02/14/2012 12:42:25 PM
loving these distortions.
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02/14/2012 11:17:04 AM
Love the fisheye here. The bridge adds a nice element too.
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02/10/2012 01:59:22 PM
Dramatic light! Wonder if that's the Newport bridge in the distance...
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02/10/2012 11:23:32 AM
Love the composition here and of course the sky.
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02/10/2012 01:25:30 AM
LOVE the use of the wide angle - very fun feel to this, and a great sky to go with it!
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