Ally Green  

Smokey Skies by Ally Green

September 2020 - Smokey Skies

September 2020 - Ally Green


About the Image(s)

This was taken 2 weeks ago from our deck in Edwards, Colorado. The Grizzly Creek Fire was just 30 miles from us (which was a bit scary!) and there were a few days when the smoke was so bad we had to shut all the windows. The upside it did produce some amazing sunsets. In this one it looks as if the sky is on fire too!
Taken with my Canon 5D and 100-400mm lens, hand held 1/13, F7.1 ISO1000. I put this image into Topaz De Noise and Color Effex Pro for the processing.

7 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
This is lovely. The sky is dramatic and foreboding in a very unique way and I love when hills criss-cross like this. My only suggestion would be to slightly lighten up the middle hill to provide a touch more separation between it and the front hill. Alternatively, or maybe in addition, a lighter border around the image may help bring out the front hill which gets lost against a black background.   Posted: 09/08/2020 10:22:02
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Mike very helpful critique..   Posted: 09/09/2020 15:03:19

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I agree the only upside of wildfires is they produce amazing sunsets.Right now where I live there is so much smoke you can't see the sunset 😢. I agree with a Mike that the two hills need more separation. The front ridge line is almost lost into the background hill. A beautiful image and nice that you could capture it from a safe distance. Having a light border around dark or nighttime images helps to define the borders of the image.   Posted: 09/09/2020 23:18:22

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
As already noted, your sky is dramatic. I agree with what has been said about the ridges. Having a degree of separation between them would benefit the whole image. I think you have a strong crop that brings attention to the sky.   Posted: 09/10/2020 08:52:52

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
You have shown that there is a strange beauty even to disaster; that is hard to contemplate as the news from the western US gets worse by the day. While I hope the fire never comes as close as this to your home again, one idea you might consider in the event you have these conditions again, is to make 3 exposures at 0, +2 and -2 exposure compensation and merge them to HDR in Lightroom. As an alternative you could capture an image before sunset when the hills are better lit then capture another like this one after sunset and merge them in PS. Either way the final image would have the correct exosure in both the foreground and the sky. Stay safe.   Posted: 09/13/2020 11:43:34
Ally Green   Ally Green
Yes it is heartbreaking with all these fires. Thank you so much for your advice and i will try the bracketing next time as i think this would definitely improve the image with HDR and lighten the foreground hills.   Posted: 09/15/2020 16:33:40

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Your image captures the drama of climate change in a most artistic way. I hope that startling skies are all you see of these dreadful fires. I agree that lightening the middle hill would provide greater definition of the hills, however, as presented the image holds my attention. The longer I look the more visible the lower hills become. The effect is like entering a dark room and waiting for eyes to adjust. All the while the fierce colors in the sky demand contemplation.   Posted: 09/19/2020 11:10:31


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