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The Dark Skies Have Parted, Just For You



The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
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jrhalphen
 
jrhalphen November 01, 2014
what a great capture!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 20, 2014
Wonderful shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
jcchar
 
jcchar November 20, 2014
Nicely compose. Congratulation!
catini
 
catini November 20, 2014
Great capture and composition, congrats on your feature!
DVallas PRO+
 
DVallas November 20, 2014
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
ShelleyE
 
ShelleyE November 20, 2014
Gorgeous shot, wow!
iceman2
 
iceman2 November 20, 2014
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
Crocrocphoto
 
Crocrocphoto November 20, 2014
Love how the clouds arch over th rise, great comp.
AliceK
 
AliceK November 20, 2014
Sensational shot, wow! You so deserve being featured. Congratulations!
arielnadler PRO
 
arielnadler November 20, 2014
AMAZING AND UNIQE
GusGregory
 
GusGregory November 20, 2014
Superb....
marilenavaccarini PRO
 
marilenavaccarini November 20, 2014
amazing
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 November 20, 2014
Amazing.. Congrats! ")
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi November 20, 2014
Stunning shot !
DianeCArtography
 
DianeCArtography November 20, 2014
Peter this is amazing, wow!!!!
jonnywilliams PRO+
 
jonnywilliams November 20, 2014
amazing capture
loripeterson PRO
 
loripeterson November 21, 2014
Perfect!
julianlynchphotographer
 
julianlynchphotographer March 13, 2015
Epic photo captures vast spectacle
VickiMaree
 
VickiMaree April 15, 2015
Wow, this is spectaclular.......love the clouds and the way it draws you into the image.
tomhet
 
tomhet May 19, 2015
Unbelievable, great capture !

Behind The Lens

Location
On my trip around the South Island of New Zealand. We were crossing from the west side of the island to the east one through Arthur’s Pass.
Time
If I remember correctly, it was around the middle of the day. There was very bad rain on the way and I couldn’t take any photos. Suddenly there was a lucky break in the weather which opened an opportunity for a decent image. I simply used it.
Lighting
Most of the trip was raining and dark. But then, the rain stopped, a patch of blue sky appeared like a hole in the clouds giving the light a wonderful soft complexion. The dark clouds around reduced the overall illumination but the amount that passed through the ‘hole’ was enough for the foreground, the part of the image that mattered to me. The whole cloud structure provided a natural frame for this image.
Equipment
Sony NEX-5R in ‘Sweep Panorama’ mode with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Inspiration
The aura of grandeur is so present in this place. Mountains all around, magnificent clouds and a feeling of being part of it on a higher level, not just a simple physical presence. The light, wind and smell added to the overall excitement and made me want to reflect that image.
Editing
As I said, the difference in the amount of light between the parts of the image with enough of it, mostly in the centre, and those parts denied by the dense cloud cover was significant. This created a huge dynamic range which is usually difficult to deal with in a single image, this one being no exception. Dodging and burning was the name of the game. I had to bring this contrast to an acceptable level, more pleasing to the eye. I also did some noise reduction and that is pretty much all of it.
In my camera bag
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 18-200mm, Tokina 11-16mm, Tokina 100mm Macro and Sony NEX-5R. Polarizing filter, ND filters and a tripod.
Feedback
We all have different life habits and accordingly different photographic ones. Some people are patient and ready to wait for the light a long time while others are opportunists grabbing a chance when it presents itself. Whatever you do, you won’t make an image without your camera in hand. Always carry one and before you say ‘I have my phone’, I have to say I found them very limiting when facing difficult light conditions like this one. Small sensor size, inability to focus substantially, overall slow operating speed, relegate them to the very last option at least in my photographic life. Don’t be afraid of the weather, stay out when others go home. Changes in weather conditions are opportunities for great photographs and remember, dramatic clouds and rainbows don’t appear on your average sunny day.

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