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Gathering Storm at Merrivale

Gathering Storm at Merrivale
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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 42] (764)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300s, 17-55mm 2.8
Exposure: f/16, 1/180 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-24 13:43
Viewed: 1156
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We were lucky to be near this disused Quarry hut as the storm blew in off the Atlantic.
The light was changing frequently so it was as well I was shooting RAW where most of the processing was done before converting to mono in CS5,I have given it a slight blue caste,which I think suits the mood.I could be wrong of course...

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-11-24 14:00]

Ola Bennett
Wonderful photo, very sharp, with a great drama, a powerful composition and presentation in b/w. Great mood and a great photo.
Regards, mb

Gathering and violent storm a coming and great idea to do it in B&W it seems more powerful. Great pov and dof with nice contrast. Well done, tfs.

Hi Les...this is an excellent photograph....nice conversion to black and white. Great contrast. Well done.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2011-11-24 18:54]

First I thought that the blue tint was a mistake, but on second thought I think it works rather well here. The clouds really makes this photo.

Olá Les
Excelent photo...with a good composition with good lines and good contrast and dramatism.
Good play.
Um abraço

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-24 22:04]

Hi Les,
A splendid monochromatic landscape shot with such a blue mood! A very peaceful ambient with the sole structure in such vastness. A very spectacular sky and quite a neat presentation.
I like this particular stormy atmosphere.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 192 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2011-11-25 1:07]

Hi Les
Like the shot - love to see big skies especially when there's plenty of energy in them.
The RAW/B&W conversion works well - did you try dome dodging/burning to bring out more detail in the stonework? It also increases contrast and sometimes adds to the drama of a shot.
Nice one & TFS

Hello Les,an impressive sky as the storm blows in.Good positioning of the building in the shot with the wall taking us right across the picture.
You asked about the blue,I wonder what it would look like in black and white? As I read that it started life in b/w. Either way, it is a dramatic scene.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Les,
Beautiful picture with lovely clouds with a nice contrast an light,
a sharp and clear composition and conversion in B & W.
Very well done,

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