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low clouds
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-31
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 4:26
Viewed: 2759
Points: 67
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some friends are shown running towards me. Amazing how the low threatening clouds appeared suddenly. It just started raining hard - the drops felt like they were piercing my skin. We ended up watching the brief storm passed by under the protection of a beach hut. A few minutes later the sky was clear and blue again.

I wanted to capture the girls running, there was not time to optimize my tech settings. PP work included adjustment of exposure, adding noise in the sky, and resizing. Noise was added in this version as requested by Rebecca, the lady infront. (To Rebecca: If you see this, I hope you join TL. Your specialized genre of grainy b&w portraits will be well received here.)

I posted two WS versions: the unprocessed original and a version which used Neat Image to reduce some noise.

Have a good weekend.

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Hello Danilo,

Very beautifu colors and sky!
Excellent contrast between shadows and lights!
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Danilo,

Wow! What drama!
The clouds are billowing and ominous!
The people running add that emotion to clarify the menace!
I love the composition where the sky and the clouds dwarf the people!
I'm not sure about the noise! Maybe that's just me! I prefer the smooth, rolling clouds.
Still, it is a great shot.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-08-08 4:32]

Incredible kind of mood Dan.,its a bit noisy but it doesnt matter in this case ;]]


Hi Danilo,

This time, another powerfuul shot from you with great mood in the picture...Wow!

The clouds are just wonderful with prefectly natural colors, and the mood is great due to play between light and shadow. The people in a cheerful mood in the FG bring chatrm to the picture. The sharpness and POV is superb. Great composition!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2009-08-08 4:52]

Hello Danilo
Somehow frightening, misterious ...
I really liked it!
Kind regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-08 4:55]

Hi Danilo,
An amazing composition with thrilling clouds and the people running indicates that the storm began!
Excellent color rendition and good atmosphere but I'm afraid its's too noisy....with the help of Neat Image you reduce a lot of it and you afford loosing a bit sharpness.
Anyway a great moody capture!
Well done.

Francis Xavier

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-08 5:20]

Hi Danilo

A dramatic catch of the threatening storm clouds, & here, the mood over rules the slight technical imperfection of noise. The 3 fg figures, apparently fleeing the ominous weather, add a dramatic touch. Tfs, & have a nice weekend!

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-08-08 5:29]

Hi Dear Danilo,

I share Rebecca's opinion about the grainy effect, it looks realy fabulous and shows the intensity and the powerful stormy mood, it actually adds a lot to it.. this feeling of panic and that moment to escape the threat is captured and presented perfectly here... the lights and dark shadow, the deep colors and that huge cloud almost falling into the sea.. what a composition.. excellent...

have a great WE

Hi Danilo,
What a stunning atmosphere vith very dramatic sky.TFS.


Hello Danilo,
Perfect timing and title...
I liked thrreatening clouds and stormy and rainy effect. Running people adds dynamism to shot...
Selahattin E

Well I didn't see you already received lot of ws, but I did mine too.
Sky was really too grainy, and to post griny skies is really dangerous here! Take care next time! :)
But image is really good for pov and moment captured
Have good we

nice shot,
excelent colours,
Great light, wonderful colours and light!
Best regard,

Hi Danilo,
Wow, those are some very empowering looking clouds. It looks like the world is about to end with everyone running from the water. Not really a fan of the grain, give Helicon Filter a try to remove it, I find it works better than Neat Image (only a 30-day trial though). The rest of the photo works well however, so I think this deserves 2-points.


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-08-09 0:01]

Hello Danilo,

What a dramatic sky.....!
What a dramatic atmosphere.....!
Wonderful colors and light.
The noise don't disturb me.

TFS and greetings from Netherlands,

Ciao Danilo,

With this image you can not enjoy a Sunday.
What a good contrast in cloud and rain,
removes all of the beautiful beach, with details of persons
running, I see it is already raining!
Nice composition and great presentation, TFS.

Have a good Sunday,


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-09 8:42]


quel cile, une merveille, ce plafond lourd et gris avec la bande éclairée en fond, ces personange qui vont dena l'eua, sueprbe image.

Bravoe t amitié


wow very dramatic captured of the clouds in the sky looks like there's a storm coming...it is well seen. Plus factor is the silhuettes running for shelter...good capture of the moment.


Effective use of the contrasting colours. The colours and composition are all fine here.
Best wishes,

Hi Danilo,
This is a dramatic picture indeed, very good exposition of the approaching storm. Here I like he dark colours, especially the dark blue tones, well captured moment of the running people on the beach. Actually it seems a little bit noisy, so some kind of filer may be useful. But overall it has a great feeling. TFS!
Best regards,

Salut Danilo.
Bien que l’image soit assez bruitée elle garde un bel aspect orageux.
Le contraste fort augment la sensation de dramatique.
Bonne soirée.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2009-08-10 7:10]

Hi Danilo,
I prefer the les grainy WS of this. The mood is dramatic with the figures running out of the water, but the grainy texture ruins the photo for me. Just my personal opinion.

Hi Danilo,
clouds are very low-suspended and dark. A dark colouring of photography and running people create a mood of anxiety. Very good picture.
Regards - Slawek

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2009-08-10 10:19]

when i was in bora i had these clouds a lot too. storm's coming!
i like the dynamism here, especially the running people. there's noise here but i think they're quite alright. it adds to the mood. maybe in B&W the noise will be a plus.


i a n

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2009-08-10 10:28]

Salut Danilo,
J'arrive un peu tard... et effectivement le bruit a déjà été repéré, les ws l'atteste et sont très bons.
En tout cas, très belle atmosphère un peu lourde, mais les personnages dédramatisent la scène.
Bonne journée


hey Danilo
very powerful clouds .... excellent my friend

Olá Danilo

Interessante atmosfera nesse cenário
bonito e cheio de ação...
Gosto da composição, ótimo trabalho.

Parece que va a llover, el cielo se esta nublando,
parece que va a llover, ay mama me estoy mojado...
Felicidades Danilo ;)

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-08-11 4:25]

wow, what a sky, what an atmosphere !


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-08-11 5:54]

HI Danilo,
Great color tones in this. Nice lights shadows and an awesome cloud cover. The Neat Image cleaned up the noise nicely. (one of my favorite programs). Well done and TFS Julie

Hi Danilo,
Beautiful seascape well presented and composed.
beautiful dramatic sky and details.
great colors and light,
nice contrast and reflection,
lovely , I like it.

Bonjour Danilo,

Effectivement il valait mieux ne pas se trouver en dessous de cette averse si soudaine!!!
Joli cliché bien capté de ce moment qui a du gâcher plus d'une baignade, mais tu étais là au bon moment pour nous offrir ce fabuleux cliché!!!

Hi Danilo...nice shot...great light and tones...well done.


hi dear Danio
at first i didnt see your workshops. you reduced noise as well, i think it was better you post that here.
that (not this !!) is a very beautiful shot excellent pov.
tfs peiman.
thanks for your comment too.

Hi Danilo, Very effective and unusual beach scene. The clouds dominate as they do so often in the real world. Interesting to read how you create the effects that you chose. Pleased to see beach scenes from Philippines - wonderful place. TFS. Murray.

Hello Danilo,

A very powerful, moody photograph. Stunning colours of the clouds on the water and beach. Well observed and photographed. TFS.


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