Burst of clouds fix

I am attaching the picture again - after cloning the streak of dark I didn’t notice before. Thanks mark!

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This picture is from a trip in Israel I took a couple of years ago to the one and only lake we have here. This was a specular sunset with clouds that just seemed to be dancing around me in all these different shapes. It was just an amazing experience.

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I am really not sure about the post processing and I played quite a bit with it. I am not sure if the clouds are too gray and distracting and what can I do to make them look better and more appealing. I am also not sure about the colors in the whole picture and if I should change them.

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Sony 7c camera, 17-28 tamaron lense, iso 100, f/18, 1/10 seconds, 17mm. did some post processing - mostly with light and a little with color.

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Tamar, this is a lovely, inviting and restful scene. I think the broad mix of subtle colors adds a lot to the peaceful feeling. Given the time of day, it’s not clear to me that there is such a thing as “the right colors”. The touch of magenta in the clouds seems right to me, definitely not too gray. There is an almost vertical dark streak below and left of center that doesn’t seem like it belongs, possibly a piece of lint on the sensor…been there and done that a couple of times… I’d suggest cloning it away.

Thanks Mark for your comments and the recommendation regarding the cloning. I didn’t notice it before. I tried to place the clean image before the other one but it came in the opposite order. How do I place the new picture first? Thanks

Beautiful cloud scene, Tamar! I really like the composition with the still grasses in the lower left part of the image and the expansive sky overhead. I think your revised image is a great improvement over the original. I see that the little steak is gone, but it also looks like you’ve added some color saturation, especially with the oranges. To me, it is much more impactful.