Judy Murphy  

Storm Clouds by Judy Murphy

May 2020 - Storm Clouds

May 2020 - Judy Murphy


About the Image(s)

Shot with my Sony a7r converted with 590nm filter by Lifepixel to IR. Imported with Capture One for Sony, edited in PS using LifePixel Actions.

35mm lens, f16, 1/100 ISO100 as a storm was blackening the distant dark sky during the late afternoon golden glow before sunset.

The sun is over my right shoulder behind me; storm is off to the east straight ahead.

10 comments posted

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Very nice image. I do like the color of the ground and growth at the bottom. However, that brightness causes my eyes to focus there as opposed to the mounting storm at the top. The subject of the image now appears to be the distant dock out into the lake. Is that what you were after? Personally, I like the uncropped version better. Could you include the entire image and change the stormy sky into other than the dull grey? My mind senses there is a disconnect between the dark grey of the top 2/3 of the image and the bright sunny appearance of the bottom 1/3.   Posted: 05/03/2020 13:16:28
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks Chan for your thoughtful comments. By opening up the foreground and trying to diminish the lens hot spot I drew the eye away from the storm. Thanks for the wake-up! How's this? Posted: 05/03/2020 14:11:23   Posted: 05/03/2020 14:12:01
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Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I like what you did here Judy -- and Chan, this is a good example of how these PSA DDs help each other! We sometimes forget that is the thing that attracted us to the scene when editing. One thing I do and recommend -- is when the image is "finished" temporariliy turn it upside down and see if your eye goes to what you want the viewer's eye to go to.
  Posted: 05/07/2020 18:41:34
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
So right Lisa. I've heard that many times and must admit my follow-up is poor.......will try to remember to try that.   Posted: 05/07/2020 19:09:55

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
YES!! I like what you did. It changes the entire mood of the image. Now I can feel the gathering storm. Like it. Like it.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:33:10
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks so much for your push!   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:59:47

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I like the panoramic feel, but the bottom is the brightest part and draws your eye to that portion, when the sky and the pier are more interested.

You have a good eye to be drawn to this scene, do you like storm clouds?

I liked the pano feel but like the edited version even more since all of the weight is on the great sky   Posted: 05/07/2020 18:43:53
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Yes Lisa I LOVE storms and that sky is why I stopped and took off the lens cap. I thank Chan for reminding me of my original intent when I captured the image. I got off on a tangent working the foreground and forgot to keep those clouds as the main subject.   Posted: 05/07/2020 19:14:28

Gary Oehrle   Gary Oehrle
Judy, I like the corrected version much better. For me it creates the sense that the storm is here and now as opposed to in the distance as with the first. You are so lucky to have storms like that to capture (overlooking the destructive nature that comes with them.) I like the lighter spot in the distance just above where the dock ends as it give a sense that the storm will pass.   Posted: 05/13/2020 12:52:39
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thank you Gary. That light spot is actually a hot spot which is a common problem with some lens used for IR as you stop down the shutter. I tried to reduce it's presence in Lightroom. But I like your explanation better!   Posted: 05/15/2020 10:27:43


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