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#1 Kerry Gordon

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 10:19 AM

CC always welcome. Fuji Xt-1 ISO 200, 41 mm, f/16, ¼ sec.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 11:34 AM

That's beautiful.

The detail and colour in the boiling cloud bank is fantastic.

What do you think about cropping out a lot of the foreground ?



#3 Kerry Gordon

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:09 PM

That's beautiful.

The detail and colour in the boiling cloud bank is fantastic.

What do you think about cropping out a lot of the foreground ?

Thanks Rod.  I did crop out some of the foreground already in post.  At this point, not only does the image adhere to the rule of thirds but I like the foreground textures and colour offset against the flaming sky.  So personally, I'd not be inclined to crop out any more.



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:16 PM

Wonderful capture of such an interesting scene.



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 02:01 PM

I also like the textures in the foreground foliage although not keen on the dead tree, having said that I'm guessing there's a reason it's there.  The clouds and color are awesome as is the color reflection off the water (which draws me in the most), Wonderful shot Kerry!



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:51 PM

Beautiful sky Kerry. I'm not a fan of the right-side tree limb either as I don't think it adds to the overall composition. But you're more practiced than I, and as was said you have your artistic vision so it's all good. And Beautiful!!!

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 05:13 PM

geedee, Doug and Mark, thanks for you kind words.  As for the tree branch and limb, this was a pretty wild picture to shoot.  We were tucked in a very small campsite, preparing dinner on what had been yet another wet, grey day.  In fact, the sky had been so overcast that I wasn’t even aware that the sun was going down.  But then suddenly I look up and the cloud cover had broken up and the sky was going nuts.  We were surrounded by trees so I had to grab my tripod and clamber down to the shore, which was mostly bog, set up my tripod (because the light was really fading) and start shooting.  Having the branches in the way was the lesser of a number of evils necessary to get the shot at all.  But the branches kind of form a triangle and point to the star of the show, the red sky.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it  :P


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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:31 PM

Kerry it is a beautiful image with dynamic colors and cloud structure. I have looked at it several times. Is it just out of level - down on the lhs? I understand your use of the rule of thirds here but tend to agree with Rod, would like to see a version with a bit less foreground. A compelling photograph.



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 11:52 PM

Like it all the more when I read the story as to how you captured it, admirable dedication...(-:



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:31 AM

Kerry it is a beautiful image with dynamic colors and cloud structure. I have looked at it several times. Is it just out of level - down on the lhs? I understand your use of the rule of thirds here but tend to agree with Rod, would like to see a version with a bit less foreground. A compelling photograph.

Thanks for your feedback John.  I found this photo very hard to level.  The opposite shore gives a kind of optical illusion so that when it is technically level it looks off.  However, you're right, it does look a little off to the left so I tweaked it a bit.  I'm also posting two images one with more foliage and one cropped a little more.  I think the cropped one is better but I'm having a hard time deciding.

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:15 AM

No worries, Kerry.  Glad you survived your brush with the "black lagoon" ;)

I saw it as a landscape format crop with the bottom edge of the image along the near bank of the lake, but including the reed heads and the branch on the right.

Puts the focus even more on the clouds and the reflection in the water.



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Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:21 AM

No worries, Kerry.  Glad you survived your brush with the "black lagoon" ;)

I saw it as a landscape format crop with the bottom edge of the image along the near bank of the lake, but including the reed heads and the branch on the right.

Puts the focus even more on the clouds and the reflection in the water.

+1 - or the same with a bit off the bottom. 



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Posted 01 July 2017 - 07:31 AM

+1 - or the same with a bit off the bottom. 

Hmmm.  I think if I'm needing to crop  that much of the photograph then I've missed the shot and it's time to move on and tuck it away as learning for next time.  However, I do have a couple of shots of the same sun set shot in landscape format.  Personally I don't think they are as interesting because of the lack of foreground foliage but I'll process one and post it for a comparison.






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