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So let me get one thing out of the way.  I’m really not overly happy with today’s shot.  Try as I might, I was not able to get it looking like what I wanted it to.  But, I do really like the scene.  I think that the light coming out from all sides of the clouds really makes for a cool shot, especially given the formation of the cloud.  It’s amazing how the atmosphere can concentrate all the light into individual beams shooting out.  I saw this scene as we were walking down the boardwalk, and I wish that I would have brought more than just the fisheye lens out with us that night.  In the interest of not hauling all my gear from bar to bar, I thought that I would just bring the newly rented toy.  I obviously couldn’t just walk by this incredible light, but the fisheye would not have been my first choice to capture this.

Still though, not thrilled with how the processed image turned out.  I range the five handheld exposures through Photomatix and then shipped it off to CS5.  I didn’t do a whole lot more to the image to be honest, as everything I did made me like it less and less.  I did add a Pro Contrast filter in Color Efex as well as an overall curves layer in Photoshop, but other than that, it is more or less SOOP (Straight Out Of Photomatix).  I think one saving grace (at least for me) is that you can see the top part of the reflection of the cloud in the closest car hood.

Happy hour after work today, tomorrow’s Friday, two shoots on Saturday…should be a fun couple of days.  See you all tomorrow.

  • Len Saltiel - July 14, 2011 - 11:37 am

    I like the scene a lot Dave. I think that the wide angle effect is great as it makes the eye go to those great clouds. Killer shot.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Nitz - July 14, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Digging the sun rays and the fish eye to add a nice bit of distortion on the building around the sun. Nicely done man!ReplyCancel

  • Jimi Jones - July 14, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Not sure what you were after, but I find this to be pretty awesome. I think the fisheye adds a really nice touch.
    Love those light beams and the drama they bring to the image.

    I think you may have looked at this one too long and envisioned something else. Done that myself on more than one occasion. LOL

    Nothing wrong with this, my friend.ReplyCancel

  • A.Barlow - July 14, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    The scene and the composition are really done well. I don’t see much overly wrong with the processing. I think everyone has those shots though your not overly pleased with. I tried last night and had the feeling about all 5 I processed. Sometimes, I think you have the times where it’s just not a night to edit photos, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Criswell - July 14, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    I think it’s nice Dave, although I know the feeling when you just cannot get what you want, that happened with my shuttle shot, I processed that a couple times before and dumped it, came back to it last week and then it hit me and I liked it, weird but it happensReplyCancel

  • Curt Fleenor - July 14, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    I know what you mean about not being able to get an image to match your vision but some of those have been my most popular images…go figure! I like how this came out, the rays of light really set it off and I really like the saturation level.ReplyCancel

  • Chris DeAngelis - July 14, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    That’s one crazy set of light rays! Good work capturing it! The fish sure gives the shot a unique look!ReplyCancel

  • Jim Nix - July 15, 2011 - 3:57 am

    killer sky Dave and wonderful clouds!ReplyCancel

  • Edith Levy - July 20, 2011 - 2:50 am

    I really, really like Dave. Sometimes we’re are own toughest critics but I think it’s amazing.ReplyCancel

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