Calm Before The Storm

June 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This will be a fairly short post as I have been busy with other projects in my life, and the weather has not cooperated - winds of 20+ mph with gusts into the 30's have been the norm for most of the past 3 weeks.

I have relegated the Capture One Pro 7 to the wayside as I have found that Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 are all that I need at this moment in time. The learning curve was pretty steep for the software and if I had more time to devote to it, I might change my mind.

The last two mornings have seen calm winds, and as a result I have taken advantage of this lull. The following image is a result of this morning's shoot:

Calm Before The Storm

"The Calm Before The Storm"

This image was totally processed in Lightroom 4, which shows that one does not necessarily need Photoshop to bring out the details by using layers and masks. I first processed the image in color, then converted to black and white. At this point, I found it necessary to bring out some additional details in the clouds, so I used a graduated 'filter' with the exposure increased to ~+2. I then added some additional contrast within the filter before closing it out. Next, I used the Adjustment Brush to lighten the grasses and rock in the foreground along the fence line. I then used another graduated filter to lighten the foreground grasses in lieu of using a mask. The whole process took less than 20 minutes to complete.

Exposure: Nikon D200, Tokina AT-X 80-200/2.8D Pro MkIII @ 125mm @ f22 @ 1/3 second.

Some new artists for you to check out:

http://www.mitchdobrowner.com

http://www.ianplant.com

http://www.southwestnaturephotography.net

Until next time, see ya - Thomas


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