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Mackerel sky

Mackerel sky
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Copyright: Les Winder (rewind) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 5 N: 133] (1139)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-16
Categories: Nature
Camera: Pentax K5, Pentax DA 16-45mm F/4
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 4:47
Viewed: 5880
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An unusual sight in Bahrain in July, clouds! Taken just before sunset on 16th July. Adjusted slightly with curves and shadows/highlights in PS. The "Nodding Donkey" in the foreground is one of Bahrain's many oil wells. The pump is known as a "rod pump" and is used to bring up the oil from wells where the reservoir pressure is too low for the well to produce naturally. The pumps are driven by single cylinder spark ignition engines (rather like an old single cylinder motorbike engine from the 1950's) powered by natural gas from the Bahrain gas reservoirs.
Critiques etc. welcomed.
Best regards to all, Les

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Hi Les, What a bizarre looking cloud pattern indeed.
It's kind of spooky. Great exposure work.
Glad you captured it. Well done.
- Vincent

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  • Hudda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 17 N: 59] (296)
  • [2008-07-18 5:43]


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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-07-18 5:48]

Hi Les,

strang and very beautiful clouds formations. You have capture very well. I love the composition and of course the light and colors.

Best regards,

Hi Les,
Marvellous texture, clouds and colors!! Simply amazing.

Perfect angle!Amazing vivid blue cloudy sky which gives excellent perspective!Small pump; great effect!


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-07-18 7:19]

HI Les
Only one word to describe this sky, awesome.
The colours are vibrant while giving this a very soft mood.
WEll done
Thanks for critique on my clock.

what a beautiful sky !!!
great shot Les
nice lightnes and details

Amazing sky and well captured.
Well done

Hi Dad,

Great shot good compostion and the sky is amazing. There seems to be a dark blob in the middle but thats easy too sort


Les !, what a sky !!!
Really great, isn't it? It looks like it is upside-down, being the sea.
The oil-pump is a fine object in this photo. Great compo and colors.
greetings from a rainy Netherlands ;-)

Hi Les,
Oh wow indeed a beautiful photo the big sky gives a great feeling of vastness , making me feel so small in our big world. Great color. TFS

Hi Dad,
cracking shot this, perfect composition and a beautiful sky. I love the nodding donkey and the sun right in the centre, and the colours are fantastic.
Cheers, John.

Les, this is very unusual, so that's why is beautiful...

Hi Les
What a striking sky. It looks like sheepskin fur. I would have called it "curly sky". It is a very original photo and a very special light. The colors are amazing. In one word, it is a great shot.

Hi Les,
fantastic sky and composition.
just i tried with workshop.
hope u wont mind.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-08-11 14:09]

Hello Les! That's a great shot! Lovely composition and great technique, what a beautiful sky, thanks!


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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2010-02-23 5:24]

nice colors
good detail
good gradient
well done

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  • Blink (69)
  • [2010-06-30 2:15]

I like the proportions here - sky looks hudge. Nice colors too.

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