Friday, July 25, 2008

Sky Watch Friday: Storm Clouds on Crystal Lake

Wingnut and I were at the town beach at Crystal Lake when the clouds began to move in again. This is another HDR image. It has highlighted and dramatized the cloud formation. You don't need HDR settings on your camera. You only need to take three different exposures and then you can combine the three photos. I use Photomatix but there are other ways to do this (click here for a Google search for HDR Tutorials). When clicked, this photo will open, full size, in a new window.

UPDATE: My thanks to Andy and Aaron for helping me convert this image from 8 meg to 379 kb. I never pay attention to sizes because of my huge amounts of storage here. So when Andy told me how big it was and how long it was loading, I tried to fix it. But couldn't. But now it is fixed. Thank you both!

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14 comments:

  1. Fabulous picture! Loved the HDR effect. Might I suggest that you downsize the image though, it took about 3 minutes for the image to fully render here, looks to be about 8 Meg. Perhaps you should display the smaller image initially and link to the larger image?

    Just a suggestion, the photo is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is something I must try... your last few pictures have amazed me.. I do enjoy my visits here.. sky Watch day or any day..

    Please forgive this 'copy & paste part of my comment but I am on my rounds checking all the links but wanted you to know I have seen your post and will try to get back again.
    On behalf of all other Sky Watchers the team thank you for taking part this week.

    Tom

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  3. Truly Fantastic Scene - The Clouds Are Mysterious & A Great Back Drop For The Lake! Great Capture!

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  4. My turn to learn something. I have seen lots of this type of photography, and you've got it spot on. Very dramatic.

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  5. This is really something! I'm in awe!

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  6. The clouds are amazingly dramatic! I've never heard of combining images this way.. I'll have to do some reading. Thanks for sharing with SkyWatch..have a great weekend!

    --Lynellen, #242 on this week's SkyWatch
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  7. That's an intense photo. I have to learn how to do this!

    In the meantime, my Skywatch this week is here

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  8. I think stormclouds are always very dramatic looking. I like that.

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  9. Wonderful picture! I think I am going to have to learn how to do that!

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  10. Hi there... I love the great colorful photo in your post for the Sky Watch Friday..the clouds are so moody and dark...one of the best photos for sky watch today...good for you.

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  11. I love what you do, Andree. I learn something every time I come here. Thanks for being an inspiration as well as an artist.

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  12. Hi! Really great and strong image. I like the composition, how it seems like it's rolling down hill in to the lake.

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  13. beautiful and and so awesome and inspiring... great picture!!!.......

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