Lorna Zaback  

Clouds by Lorna Zaback

April 2021 - Clouds

April 2021 - Lorna Zaback


About the Image(s)

This shot was taken through the front windshield of our moving vehicle as we drove west across the Canadian prairie in the late afternoon. I prefer the BW version, I find the blueish tint in the clouds unappealing in the colour. Fujifilm X-T10. 75 mm, 1/4000 sec at f/5.3. ISO 2000. Converted to BW using NIK Silver Efex Pro 4 (increased structure, decreased brightness).

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5 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Lorna, this is a beautiful image that captures the drama of the Prairie. The fact that you were able to capture this through your windshield whilst traveling at 100+ km/h is a testament not only to your photography skill, but also to your meticulousness at keeping the windscreen of your car clean!!! (as a photographic joke, it'd be fun to add a squashed bug to the image, LOL). The drama of the sky and the leading lines of the power poles, grass (wheat?) striations and the highway all make for a stunning composition. I agree the B&W works better than the color one. I'm just getting into the nitty-gritty of Silver Efex (do they have a version 4???) and I like playing around with the control points. I took the liberty of doing a quick re-edit to lighten the foreground lanes to give the eye a bright path to follow. I used 12 different control points to lighten the road and protect the adjacent tones. Not sure it's "better" than your edit - just a different variation. Curious what you think? All-in-all, very nicely done!   Posted: 04/04/2021 11:03:47
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Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Thank you, Michael, for your generous feedback. I do like your edit - I think both our versions work. Each gets the viewer to enter the image in a different way, and sets a slightly different tone to the afternoon.   Posted: 04/13/2021 15:04:31

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
That Fujifilm XT10 is wonderful for capturing clouds. Michael made it better with his foreground treatment. I do think it is an excellent shot espcially made through the windshield at speed. How many times have we all driven down the road and wished we would have captured the scene.   Posted: 04/04/2021 18:34:54
Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Indeed, Chuck, thank you. My partner is a non-photographer so I actually do quite a bit of photography through the windshield (or the passenger window) when we travel. Not that our windshield is always clean but, if that is a problem, there is always post-processing (ha ha!)   Posted: 04/13/2021 15:07:57

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I like your shot, it could use about +40 in contrast, then I also used a grad filter on the highway to lighten and add a little more texture to the road. Then I used a grad filter on the clouds to darken it about 1 stop darken.

I like how the road picks up some of the shadows from the clouds and from the poles on the left side of the road. Plus a great leading line with the stripe going down the road.   Posted: 04/19/2021 13:54:43
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