Peggy Nugent  

The Storm is Coming by Peggy Nugent

September 2023 - The Storm is Coming

September 2023 - Peggy Nugent


September 2023 - Peggy Nugent

Original 2

September 2023 - Peggy Nugent

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I originally processed this as a color shot of the barn by itself, using two curves layers to adjust the bright and shadow parts of the image. Then I put a b&w adjustment layer on it just to see how it looked and played with the sliders. I really liked the dramatic look that resulted, and enhanced that with a Nik Silver Efex filter.
At this point I decided to make it a composite in order to give it a story. I added a layer with just the girl, with a b&w layer clipped to her. I used a brush that looks like blades of grass to make her foot look like it was sinking into the grass.
I was going to submit it as such, but then realized I only had 2 originals. I tried some birds in the sky but they weren't adding to the story. But I do think the sheep outside the barn may add to the tale.

11 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Peggy, I think that this is a truly awesome image - I can sense the urgency of the girl hurrying to shelter from the threatening storm. The placid sheep standing in front of the barn makes a nice contrast. The light falling from the spectacular sky makes the drama. I think that black-and-white is a perfect choice. - I wonder if cropping it into panorama format, leaving off the bright patch in the sky, might make it even more effective?   Posted: 09/07/2023 00:53:18

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Here is the suggestion.   Posted: 09/08/2023 15:00:53
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Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Oh wow, Kirsti, I love that! Thank you for a fabulous suggestion!   Posted: 09/08/2023 15:05:21

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Peggy, I love this image. It works exceptionally well as a black and white image. the contrast of the sky is rich and compelling. Your handling of lighting, composition and implied movement is perfect. This is one of those I'd print and hang on the wall proudly.   Posted: 09/15/2023 17:05:30
Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Thank you so much, Brad!   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:31:15

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
Wonderful image. You hope that the girl gets to the barn before the storm and takes the sheep with her. You have proved that a picture is worth many words.
  Posted: 09/15/2023 18:37:17
Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Thank you, Aavo!   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:32:28

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Peggy,
This is a wonderful image. I love the drama in the sky that introduces the feeling of a stormy day with the girl running to seek shelter. I like Kirsti's suggestion about the panorama cropping; I think it helps to concentrate even more on the scene. The black and white treatment and the use of light are just beautifully done."   Posted: 09/15/2023 21:34:47
Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Thank you, Maria!
I agree, I think Kirsti's crop is better than my original.   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:33:53

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Christina can walk! Christina is the subject of one of my favorite Andrew Wyeth's paintings. She is alone in a scene like this lying alone in the field. There's no storm in Wyeth's painting, but he creates emotion subtlely. The oncoming storm, the distance the girl has to run, and the potential safety of the barn are powerful elements that work very well together. The choice to use black and white was brilliant. Andrew Wyeth would be proud.   Posted: 09/18/2023 10:05:40

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
I'm honored, Alan!   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:34:13


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