View Full Version : Approaching storm at sunset

Jerry van Dijk
08-22-2013, 01:57 PM
From my recent trip to Danmark. We got some pretty nice cloud formations, which made for great sunset photos. I was hoping for a clean sunset to photograph, when a storm came rolling in from the east, giving some spectacular colors in the sky.

3 image HDR, with exposures 1 stop apart.
D7000, Nikkor 16-85 @ 16mm, handheld (high speed continuous + bracket mode), ISO-800, f/14, 1/13.
Photomatix Pro, ACR, CS5.

Diane Miller
08-22-2013, 06:28 PM
Lovely subtlety, with the slightly menacing darker clouds on top contributing interest. You framed a very inviting path through the grasses to the beach.

I wonder what an alternative interpretation would be like with the darker tones lightened just a little, with some contrast added.

08-22-2013, 09:02 PM
Beautiful dramatic sky and a very nice HDR photo.
It does not have the "HDR" over processing look at all.
I also think the FG could go a bit lighter.

Jerry van Dijk
08-23-2013, 09:34 AM
Thanks Diane and Dan! My original processing had a brighter FG but I didn't like the contrast it made with the ominous sky. I'll work on an "in between" version!

Judy Howle
08-24-2013, 09:22 PM
Very nice scene, sky and processing. A bit lighter foreground would work for me too.

Andrew McLachlan
08-25-2013, 08:10 PM
Hi Jerry, I like the darkness this has. I think the darker foreground works well with the dark storm clouds. THe HDR is nicely done and not overly processed.

Jerry van Dijk
08-26-2013, 03:38 PM
Thanks everyone! Here's a reworked version in which I slightly opened up the shadows in the FG. Brightening up further created an unnatural contrast between FG and the sky.

Diane Miller
08-26-2013, 06:17 PM
A subtle change but just about right, for me. It lets me step into the FG more easily in this lovely and quietly moody image.