Incomming Storm

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Like: background lighting, foreground lighting.
Unsure: framing, light in upper left (help or hindrance?)

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I wanted to convey the moody feeling of the approaching storm. There vs here; and soon to be here.

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Any and all is good. Looking for ideas to improve the image. Thanks.

Technical Details

Fuji X-T4 18-300 Tamron Lens @21.5mm
1/8 sec, f16, ISO 200
Took sequential images for HDR but did not have to use it (luckily)
Used LightroomClassic>>Topaz Noise Reduction>>Photoshop & TK9


I shot in this general location at Cape Blanco, Oregon for about 40 minutes in the evening. Cold and windy. This location thankfully had some shelter from the wind. I scrambled for the car when the storm arrived as the hail was pelting me and stinging my skin. Loved the scenery though.

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James, you certainly do have an impending storm on the way. I hope you got out before it broke loose. Nice image.

The upper left corner feels like a distraction to me, so I eliminated it with the remove tool in Photoshop. Also I thought that cropping the foreground and a bit from the right would zero in on the storm clouds a bit more. I also added an Orton effect at a low opacity, about 20%, to slightly brighten the pinkish sun that contracts with the clouds. I’m not sure if this Orton is needed - a matter of your vision. Looking at it, I would crop even more from the bottom.

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I would also add more space to the left so the sea stack on the left frame has water to its left.

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To me this image is all about the sea, the waves, the sea stacks and the stormy sky and because of this I feel as though there is too much foreground and I, like Larry would consider cropping a bit of it out. Otherwise I think this is wonderful - full of mood and atmosphere!

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Thanks Larry. I was thinking along somewhat similar lines.

Thanks much Tom

I love the moodiness and drama this image portrays. The colors and the somber tone is captivating

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Thanks Freddie.

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Maybe a little more water on the left but it’s looking good. Thanks all!