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It's about the clouds!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by dcassat, May 29, 2012.

  1. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    Recently I've noted some of my favorite landscape scenes are those with well processed clouds. Not over-processed, not dramatic, but those with multiple textures and depth. I was beginning to think it was a DR issue or some other intangible that my camera was simply not capable of. But last week I was able to get the result I have been chasing. Some of you may understand this obsession...

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  2. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I love clouds, but for me there has to be a cool texture to them.
  3. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    I like it. Its super cool when you're able to get some real nice definition and structure into your clouds when post processing....but as with all things PP, the trick is to try get it 'just right'.

    The few times I've tried it, using the 'Tonal Contrast' option found in Nik ColorFX and applied selectively to clouds can do a pretty decent job of emphasizing the textures/structure.
    Another look I like is when along with that, a little of the blue is drained out from the sky....sometimes that ULTRA blue look is just too much.

    Being able to do cool things with sky and clouds in PP is a good thing for anybody like myself who has the filter incapable Pana7-14mm.
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  4. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    And speaking of draining I PPd the same shot in B & W and it's just as good. The TEXTURE is where it's at for me when it comes to clouds. I hate it when I blown 'em out. It's the big cumulus clouds that I like to get right, the cirrus don't require my attention so much.
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