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I was taking photos of our flowers , but the wind started blowing, so I decided to head into the house. I then noticed the clouds moving in and some color in the sky.

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I cropped a little from bottom and top of the original. I also sharpened it and used some dehaze and added saturation for a bit more drama. Did I go too far?

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Canon 5DIV; 24/70 @70; 9.0; 100 ISO; 1/2000th; WB: daylight.

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Wow --spectacular catch with compelling cloud structure! For me, the Dehaze has gone too far, and is probably the cause of the blown out white at the center. I think this dramatic capture could be amenable to other ways of bringing up structure in the clouds. Maybe start with the Curves in LR instead of Shadows and Highlights, to avoid halos – or maybe along with the slightest Highlights slider move. Then experiment with various subtle adjustments with Nik CEP Detail Extractor, Tonal Contrast and/or Pro Contrast.


I really like this image and it drew me right away. The shapes and colors in the middle are really powerful and organize the frame really nicely. I also like the different types and shapes of clouds. I agree that the dehaze went a little far. Really great catch.

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Jim, this is an excellent look at this sundog along with some dramatic cloud structures. I really like the details in the top 1/4. There’s a lot going on up there. I too agree that dehaze and saturation pushed the contrast too far. How dark the blue is shows that. Rather than dehaze and saturation, try creating a mid-tone S in the tone curve…if you haven’t already. Then you can pull down the Highlights and/or Whites slider to keep the bright spot from blowing out.

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The sun dog is well defined and the spectrum comes through nicely, but I must echo the others regarding the processing of the clouds, I think the de hazing is to heavy. If you are interested in sharpening the clouds to accentuate their structure the TK panels have a legacy action on cloud sharpening that works really well.

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@Youssef_Ismail, that TK action sounds very interesting but I’m not finding it. (I’ve hardly used any of his plugins except Multi-Nask.)

@Diane_Miller, wow! It is no longer in TK9 Panel. It used to be, and I thought it was still in the TK legacy actions but I guess Tony took it out. Let me see if I still have an older version.

Thank you everyone for the helpful suggestions.