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Dramatic Sky

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 26 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

First of all, I want to thank people for their very thoughtful responses to my posting yesterday's photograph in both color and B&W. I felt very honored by the seriousness of your comments.

As for today, I wish to say that the various moods of the sky are magnetic for me. (For what it's worth, I really like this one in B&W as well; and at 3 a.m. in the morning, when I took a look at a conversion, I actually liked it better in B&W.)

Because of a death in the family, I have to be out of town for a few days. Probably won't be able to do much commenting or responding.

"Whether you want it to or not, a photo reproduces an atmosphere." Edouard Boubat

NIKON D300 1/1250 second F/10.0 ISO 200 165 mm (35mm equiv.)

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is just magnificent - I am looking forward to viewing this in B&W also - but I don't know if it can top the color version Jack! Wonderful and beautiful image! I can just sit here and stare at this one!

26 Apr 2009 5:28am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

I just read about your family - I hope that all is well and that everyone supports and cares for each other at a time of sorrow. Take Care!

26 Apr 2009 5:30am

@Scott Schilling: Thank you; my wife's mother who just turned 91.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

I think you get your fair share of ominous clouds in the North West! This is no exception! I'm sorry to hear about the death in your family.

26 Apr 2009 5:39am

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Hi Jack, firstly I would like to say hope you and your family are ok..... secondly I love your photo, dramatic is definately this sky...... unusual to see blue in with those dark black stormy looking clouds. Great photo.

26 Apr 2009 5:39am

@"Marie" :-): We're ok, but it has been quite rough on my wife and her brother.

Bill from Los Altos, United States

I'm a sucker for a great cloud skyscape. You've got a keeper here with the range of shape and color in this image. I imagine this sky would be a fantastic panorama if you couild stitch multiple together side by side.

26 Apr 2009 5:42am

@Bill: If I wasn't so lazy!!

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

fantastic ********************************

26 Apr 2009 6:17am

k@ from Paris, France

Magnetic, indeed ! You sky is ALIVE, how fabulous to be able to SEE this !

26 Apr 2009 6:41am

@k@: Thanks, Karine.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful sky

26 Apr 2009 6:42am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

This is stunning!!!! Golden linings to amazing clouds!!!!
Thank you for your reponse to my comment yesterday...I had to smile when i saw your comment to Flo (Zoom) yesterday and also her response to you lol!! It seems we may all have this internal struggle somethimes lol....Nice to know we are not alone:-)

26 Apr 2009 7:02am

@Linerberry: I think that we all have been there at one time or another.

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Please accept my condolences Jack . This sky is superb !

26 Apr 2009 7:50am

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: Thank you.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Que c'est beau.. que c'est beau

26 Apr 2009 8:29am

Momo from Montpellier, France

thanks Jack...that is just amazing color, form, drama...clouds are magic...

26 Apr 2009 8:32am

@Momo: Thank you, Morris.

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Magnifique mais un peu inquiètant !

26 Apr 2009 8:53am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

very dramatic !!!
great shot...

26 Apr 2009 9:02am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Splendid sky Jack. Good work !

26 Apr 2009 10:02am

@Marie LC: I'm still reflecting on your gorgeous lily.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Amazing sky photo! Love it!

26 Apr 2009 10:03am

zOOm from Paris, France

Jack, I feel sorry for you and yours. Hope you'll take care of you, and take the necessary time.
Your sky is a real beauty, dramatic, strong and threatening. My favorite.

26 Apr 2009 10:39am

@zOOm: Thank you, Florence.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

My sympathy to your and your family, Jack. You take care.
A very beautiful sky, excellent work.

26 Apr 2009 10:54am

@Betty: Thank you.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Lots of nice detail and unusual colour

26 Apr 2009 10:55am

@P J W Miller: I fired off a ton of shots in rapid succession. I was using a Nikkor 70-300mm VR.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

An exquisite shot.
My sympathies on your loss, Jack.

26 Apr 2009 11:23am

@Sarah: Thank you, Sarah.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This captures ... or you captured such depth in those clouds. I wonder if will show as dramatically (or moreso) in B 'n W.

26 Apr 2009 12:03pm

@Judy: The more I played with it in Silver Efex Pro, the more I ended up liking the color version. No plans right now to post B&W.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

wow ! a very beautiful shot my friend. I love this sky, with a big impression of magnificent distress !

26 Apr 2009 12:23pm

@Peggy M.: Thank. Lovely self-portrait today; you are as lovely inside as you clearly are out.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A strong dramatic shot. Please accept my condolences.

26 Apr 2009 12:33pm

@Lee: Thank you, Lee.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent this sky very expressive!!!!!!!!!!!

26 Apr 2009 1:08pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! The contrasts are excellent in the light and dark in the clouds. I like how you have captured the movement, wisps being left around the edges as they make their way across the sky. Good eye!

26 Apr 2009 1:17pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks, Sharon.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


26 Apr 2009 1:24pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Dramatic indeed it is..... I hear harps playing so I guess these are the Pearly Gates [. .]

26 Apr 2009 1:29pm

@observing: About as close as I will get!!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is amazing in color, but I can also imagine the drama and contrasts of a BW version, and would love to see this presented in that format.

26 Apr 2009 1:35pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine, very dramatic shot of these great looking clouds. I especially like the wide range of tones from the white edges to the darkest parts of the cloud where I can see see a bit of detail. I was sorry to hear of your family's loss.

26 Apr 2009 1:48pm

@Don: Thank you, Don.

amirreza from tehran, Iran

wow great light and compo

26 Apr 2009 2:05pm

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

It is a really dramatic capture. You got volume and contrast

26 Apr 2009 2:16pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Un ciel de toute beauté!

26 Apr 2009 2:36pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

great shot, what happens after ? fantastic colors

26 Apr 2009 2:39pm

@kerfendal: It kept coming in and out. In the morning, there was a skiff of snow.

Yvon from Orleans, France

very nice shot; this sky has fantastic colors
excellent capture, Jack

26 Apr 2009 2:44pm

@Yvon: Thank you, Yvon.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

A boiling soup of color and texture! AWESOME!

26 Apr 2009 2:44pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Dramatic indeed , but I think it is over saturated . Correct me please if I am wrong !

26 Apr 2009 2:47pm

@Mariana: No saturation increase, but I did set the black point and increased the contrast a bit.

jim from sebastopol, United States

I send you and your family my condolences, my friend. may you and your loved ones be at peace.

26 Apr 2009 3:05pm

@jim: Thank you, Jim.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

sky terrifying, but so beautiful with the light that would "break"!
friendships you a jack!

26 Apr 2009 3:34pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Insane sky! Great!!

26 Apr 2009 3:35pm

@Polydactyle: Thank you.

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

A dramatic that gives the sublime! amazing clouds as beautiful as threatening!

26 Apr 2009 3:46pm

@Mathilde Collot: Thank you, Mathilde

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Sure is ... lovely vibrant image.

I went back and took a look at your last two posts, really nicely done. We could do a lot worse than aspire to Adams. well done.

26 Apr 2009 4:35pm

@MontereyJohn: Thanks, John.

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Sorry, am3 ate my link.

26 Apr 2009 4:49pm

@MontereyJohn: I wondered why you were grayed out. Thanks for your kind words.

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Wow... marvelous sky and dramatic atmosphere.

26 Apr 2009 5:58pm

Arasp Kazemian from Iran

They look pretty romantic

26 Apr 2009 5:59pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful capture of the looks rather threatening...
And so sorry about your loss......we look forward to you being back out here again.

26 Apr 2009 6:14pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your mother-in-law, Jack.

This is stunning! Let me say it again, just in case you didn't catch that...This is stunning!! I love the warm, chocolatey tones and the light on the clouds. So powerful, ominous and hopeful, all at the same time.

26 Apr 2009 7:06pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

thinking of you and your family at this time. This is a stunning shot I really love it 5 stars from me

26 Apr 2009 8:52pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, yeah. I love the skies.

26 Apr 2009 9:40pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

My condolences, Jack to you and your family. 91 is a remarkable age to arrive at.
Your image has such emotion, perhaps very fitting and symbolic for this time.
Be well.

27 Apr 2009 12:11am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

I to find clouds very interesting and there is such drama in these ones

27 Apr 2009 12:13am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice sunlight on those clouds, a dramatic feeling indeed.

27 Apr 2009 12:17am

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very dramatic, I expect to hear "The Flying Dutchman" anu second now!

27 Apr 2009 12:18am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Look like time to run for cover. Very nice.

27 Apr 2009 1:21am

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Great shot.
Thank you.

27 Apr 2009 1:34am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Wow! I'm speechless. Take care on your journey - sorry for your and your wife's loss.

27 Apr 2009 2:09am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Love the drama! Fantastic exposure! Outstanding!

27 Apr 2009 4:36am

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Wonderful shot John!

Sorry to hear of the death in your family, condolences to you and your family.

27 Apr 2009 4:37am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That certainly is filed with drama. Super details in the clouds.

27 Apr 2009 4:50am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

dramatic and SUPERB!! wow!!

27 Apr 2009 5:30am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old Pembroke Dock boy,Wales), Germany

First off,my condolances to you and yours !!
This is a wonderful shot..

27 Apr 2009 6:06am

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I too love dramatic skies especially a beautiful cloud and light formation like this. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

27 Apr 2009 3:21pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Incredibly taken, Jack!! Brilliant!

28 Apr 2009 4:05am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

great clouds

29 Apr 2009 6:26pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

Very strong picture, Jack. And I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

29 Apr 2009 6:52pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Very dramatic did a fantastic job capturing those clouds with this kind of lighting. Amazing!
I am really sorry for your loss too.

29 Apr 2009 7:38pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful sky!

30 Apr 2009 12:46am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Beautiful. You did a good job capturing the beauty of these clouds and light.

Sorry to learn of the death in your family.

3 May 2009 10:49am