Julie Walker, EPSA  

Dramatic Sky by Julie Walker, EPSA

September 2020 - Dramatic Sky

September 2020 - Julie Walker, EPSA


About the Image(s)

I took this image purely for the dramatic sky. I was out walking a few weeks ago, stopped for a drink of water and when I turned around there was this amazing sky. I walked back towards the fence so that I could use it as a lead in line. Unfortunately I didn't have a telephoto lens with me so I had to include both trees but I have cropped the image to make one of them my focal point. The image was first processed in Lightroom with adjustments to contrast and texture. It was then converted to mono using Silver Effex Pro. I then adjusted the levels in Photoshop to darken the sky and I reduced the noise using Topaz DeNoise. I used my converted Canon 3000D together with my 17-40mm lens set at 40mm. Settings were ISO 400, f8 and 1/500thy second.

7 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Great shot! Any yes, one HAS to grab a sky like that any time you can.
Very good composition. I like how the bush in the fence row lines up with the tree lending strength to that element. At first glance I did not like the dark gate. But then I realized it is the first thing I look at and then it leads me zooming along the fence into the rest of the image and up through that ragged sky. Well done.   Posted: 09/03/2020 13:27:57

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
(Group 88)
I feel that your post processing work turned an above average picture into an excellent picture. To my eye the cropping well uses the fence line to lead the viewer's eye toward the tree and the sky. Good Job!   Posted: 09/10/2020 11:43:13

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
WOW - what a sky! It is so different from the pastoral feeling that the fence and tree create but it surely makes the entire scene jump out. I do like the simplicity of the fence and tree and they could stand alone. But that sky! One reason why I am drawn to the scene is the conflict between the "soft and sweet" foreground and the "angry" clouds.   Posted: 09/11/2020 14:48:32

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Echoing Stuart: WOW! I like both the cropped and uncrossed view. There is a wonderful dynamic to this, reality in terms of the ground with tree and fence and the beautifully artistic sky that could be a painting. I can almost breathe in the storm. Fabulous work!   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:46:16

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
Super Drama here Julie all due to the fantastic sky. Good that you stopped for a drink!! I like that you have cropped the other tree out and relied on the fence and gate for a lead in and love how the fence seems to go on forever and fade away in the distance. I feel maybe the very White clouds directly above the tree and on the far right edge could do with just a little detail cloned into them as they are eye catching, which would be a simple job. Otherwise great pic.   Posted: 09/13/2020 03:05:53

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
This image reminds me of many scenes I have come across in the American west. The sky is threatening and full of tension, yet the landscape is at peace. In my opinion your post processing produced a very good tonal range. The soft diagonal of the fence line works well for me. I think you chose a good perspective. I feel I am led into the scene whereas shot from another angle the fence coud have been a vusual barrier.   Posted: 09/13/2020 15:36:25

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Nice shot, I really like the dramatic looking sky.   Posted: 09/21/2020 08:51:40


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