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GREY SKIES

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Wolfman53, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Wolfman53

    Wolfman53 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 19, 2016
    Not sure how many UK members use this forum but we have had nothing but grey depressing skies and weather for what feels like months now. And dont get me started on the rain!
    I often read that photography is all about the light.
    Does anybody have any tips or advise (other than to emigrate!) because i am struggling for inspiration currently.
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    UK
  3. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
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  4. wimg

    wimg Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 10, 2016
    Netherlands
    Grey skies = B&W photography. Turn up contrast, stretch DR, and go crazy :) .

    Kind regards, Wim
     
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  5. Orbmiser

    Orbmiser Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2017
    Portland,Or.
    I Find some of my best images is in Grey Skies & Rains.
    Grey skies has it's own feel & look just find subject matter that benefits from it is my take on it.

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  6. stagor

    stagor Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 10, 2012
    Netherlands / N.Ireland
    Stan
    Like Wim says go overboard.
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    Or change the sky in post, check out before and after posts.
    SHOW: Before and After Shots
     
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  7. Be careful what you wish for .................The bright sunlight here can cause just as many problems. I'd love to be able to see more of this at times.

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    Storm Clearing Castle Maol, Isle of Skye by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
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    Trout Fisherman Scottish Highlands by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
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    Seatoller.......The road to Honister Pass by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
     
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  8. Why else would you want a weather proof gear set?
     
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  9. Wolfman53

    Wolfman53 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 19, 2016
    Loving the Black and White photos and the rain bokah.
    How do I increase DR on an Olympus OM10 ii?
    We had a week in a cottage in Seatoller last summer. It is at the head of Borrowdale and has twice as much rain as Keswick less than 10 miles away!
     
  10. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    UK
    You get more DR using RAW.
    But I doubt your need for more DR. The BW photos above mostly have a lot of contrast which makes them more dramatic.
     
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  11. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    Mike
    There have be occasions with blue skies here. Just exclusively when I can't get out to make use of them!
    If this keeps up I'm going to have to try more studio work.
     
  12. Lol... you’re welcome to come here. Light greys skies but too slippery to get outside cuz it’s now raining... freezing ice pellets. Spring, my arse!

    Btw... love some of the shots members are posting of their dreary days.
     
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  13. PhillyBill

    PhillyBill Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 5, 2012
    William Jordan
    The human eye tends to flatten out overcast skies. There is often more color and detail there than you think. Using luminosity masking, you can bring it out without an unnatural Topazy look.
     
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  14. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Wolfman you are right, I went out yesterday and we had all of that plus some mist so a good opportunity to try the Pen F in that lighting - I wanted to shoot in colour to see how the camera recorded the tones and I am not dissapointed - I am using the Lumix 20mm f1.7 as it is the only Mu43 lens I currently own.
     
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  15. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 18, 2015
    Be careful when you edit for the sky to make use of local adjustments. Your foreground treatment looks a bit heavy handed to me.
    Apart from that, as long as you don't have the super even single grey cloud cover you should get some nice dramatic skies. Blue skies are actually much worse, because they often provide fairly boring light with harsh contrasts. The best is some clouds with light inbetween. Or blue skies with few clouds at sunrise/sunset.

    You could also go for some more intimate landscape shots that don't include the sky at all. Especially after some rainfall you get amazing colours when everything is still wet!
     
  16. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    Next holiday is Wales in july. Hope it rains a lot:
     
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  17. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
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  18. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 21, 2017
    Altrincham
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    Rain and grey skies here in sunny Cheshire when I went out yesterday. Not enough of a breeze to give me ripples on the water.GX80 and P14-140. The P42.5 never came out of the bag.
     
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  19. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 18, 2015
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  20. That whole valley of Seathwaite Seatollar has the highest rainfall in Britain if I remember correctly. The land behind that farmhouse was rented by the Army for the month of Feb and used to "break in" boy soldiers from the Lancastrian Brigade between the ages of 15 and 17 (1964-67) . It was their first taste of military adventure training. You can imagine the climate that time of year. We were woken by reveille at 5.30 and had to run from our tents to a small footbridge over the river Derwent (behind the farm) where the Company Sergeant Major pushed us in one by one. We then had to climb out, run back to camp, and queue for breakfast no matter the weather. We had to cycle up honister (you can imagine the state of the bikes we had back then), and carry kayaks down to the village and kayak for an hour no matter the weather. The sick bay tent was nearly always full :)  I hated it at the time but eventually came to love adventure training and ended up as a Mountain Leader....................oh to be young again. The Lakes and the Highlands are all I miss about the UK tbh.
     
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