Clouds Over Hat Creek

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None of us can resist dramatic clouds, eh? These were above us on a hike along Hat Creek in northern California a couple of years ago. Hat Creek is a lovely spring-fed creek that is renowned for fly fishing.

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Any comments welcome - do you like the toning?

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Screenshot 2024-07-09 at 9.09.03 AM
Processed in ACR & PS, b&w conversion, basic dodging & burning.

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I think for clouds, nothing expresses their mood better than B&W. I can’t speak to the toning as I don’t get a feel for it, but the push and pull of the foreground clouds with the rain against the background clouds and rain is just right. Nice capture.

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This is a great cloud scene, Bonnie. That bottom layer is very dramatic, but I especially like the top part of the image where the light is catching the wispier clouds. I tend to like lighter tones, so take this with a grain of salt, but I wonder if some of the shadows and darker tones could be lightened up a bit. Just a thought. As I was looking at this image, I was also wondering if you might actually have two images here: one as presented, and another one including only the bottom half of this image cropped as more of a pano. I didn’t try it, so I’m not sure if it would work or not, but it might look cool as well.

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Bonnie like your image the only suggestion I have would be for some burning to the hazy part towards the top left as my eye keeps getting drawn to this area