Saturday, June 27, 2009

Angry Sky

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Storm skies are always dramatic and are totally ephemeral: here one minute, changed completely the next. Shoot when you see the spectacle unfolding! The problem with shooting skies in an urban context is interferance from structures -- the building skyline, but more intrusively light poles and wires. This shot is from a set taken in St. Marys, south of Adelaide, in July, 2007, beside a main road while I was waiting for a bus, and I could have wept with frustration as the cables strung over the road were impossible to exclude from any angle I could get on the coming weatherfront. This is where the digital artist comes in, to paint out the wires, but that's a long job and takes a skillful hand, or it's as obvious as taking an eraser to a heavy pencil line, it makes a mess rather than a seamless repair. The raw image is very dark and gamma-correction was used to bring up mid-tone values, then contrast was increased to restore the drama of the picture, and colour was brought up to add depth. Sharpening finished the enhancements. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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