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Rain storm at Pacific after a Santa Ana by John Zhu

November 2019 - Rain storm at Pacific after a Santa Ana

About the Image(s)

After days of dry Santa Ana, it's nice to get refreshing rain storm. This was taken at Cabrillo national Monument in the afternoon with f/11, iso100, and 45mm. It was a color shot and converted to B&W. Like to hear your suggestions.


16 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi John, I am visiting from Monochrome Group 32. This is a really good job in b/w of a shot that everyone else would have presented in color. (In Group 32, we have to present in b/w of course.) Can we see the original? How did you decide to present in b/w?   Posted: 11/04/2019 19:48:13
John Zhu   John Zhu
Hi Stephen, The original does not look good in color and I am learning the conversion to B&W. This is generated from HDR of three shots of 2 stops between.   Posted: 11/04/2019 23:07:01
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John Zhu   John Zhu
Forgot to say Thanks for the complement. The post processing was done in Light Room.   Posted: 11/04/2019 23:09:08

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
You made a wise decision to convert this to black and white since there was little color in the original version. This is an attractive landscape -- or rather seascape. The rays filtering out of the sky on the horizon are especially attractive. I can't tell for sure, but the highlights appear blown out on the sun peeking over the clouds. Having such a bright spot along the top of edge of the image also pulls our eyes off the page. I just mention this for the future -- watch to make sure there isn't a bright light, etc. along the edge to avoid our eyes wandering away.
  Posted: 11/05/2019 19:43:55
John Zhu   John Zhu
Definitely the sun spot is too bright. Sometime I use brush to select the area to reduce the highlight. I should do that here. Great point! Here is another photo I took at the same time but on the other side. The sun left a whole just to bright the city of San Diego.   Posted: 11/05/2019 20:20:28
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Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I agree with both Stephen and Mike and will add that you did a really good job of capturing a difficult subject. Nicely done!   Posted: 11/05/2019 21:11:48
John Zhu   John Zhu
As everyone in this group, photography is a way of life enjoyment.   Posted: 11/05/2019 21:42:30

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
John, I move around all the groups. See Group 67, where Wayne Stelk is working on a similar shot.   Posted: 11/06/2019 17:30:03
John Zhu   John Zhu
Love it. Thanks!   Posted: 11/06/2019 17:54:38

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Group 67)
Hi, just visiting from group 67 and have been admiring your image. I'm afraid that I'm going to agree with Mike. The overexposed section in the sky where the sun is can be a bit annoying. In the future it may be best to let the sun get a bit lower and avoid that burn. May I also suggest cropping half of the lower section of water out. It would force more attention on the sky where the drama really is.

I agree that the rays of light and the drama in the cloud really make this image powerful. Over all, this is a fine image.   Posted: 11/06/2019 20:23:00
John Zhu   John Zhu
Hi Larry, thanks for your suggestions. I will play around later to see any improvements.   Posted: 11/06/2019 21:53:58

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I like this photo, so I decided to play with the crop. First I tried a pano crop.   Posted: 11/13/2019 08:08:44
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Marla Henry   Marla Henry
Then I tried cloning out the bright spot. On both photos, I did lighten them, opened up the shadows, decreased contrast and clarity because the cloud seemed to dark for my taste. You can decide if you like either option. I like them both for different reasons.   Posted: 11/13/2019 08:11:11
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John Zhu   John Zhu
Love your modifications. Thanks!   Posted: 11/14/2019 16:31:26

John Zhu   John Zhu
This is the version from my daughter. I forgot to pass her the three raw HDR images. She just worked on from one image. She also loves photography and is a senior at Stanford. Please comment if you have time. Her is color photo.   Posted: 11/14/2019 16:34:42
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John Zhu   John Zhu
Like Marla, she did a pano crop.
  Posted: 11/14/2019 16:36:38

 

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