Cloud Power

Hasselblad 503CW camera and Hasselblad 150mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Portra 160VC film

This dramatic image was made at sunset in Central Australia. The powerful shape of the clouds, their brightness and warmth contrasts with the flat, dark blue of the surrounding sky. It was a glorious sight to behold and a perfect way to finish a great day of photography.

The original color negative was scanned prior to processing in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 where extra saturation and contrast further enhanced the scene.

Hasselblad 503CW camera and Hasselblad 150mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Portra 160VC film

Shape is a major design element. My concern with the above image is whether the image's dramatic color contrast was  overpowering the shape of the cloud.

Just for fun I decided to try a black-and-white rendering with an even darker sky. The idea was to produce the look of a night sky. A subtle split tone, with a blue-black sky and yellow-orange cloud provided the final touches. I think it’s an interesting alternative, particularly for those folks that are bothered by highly saturated images. Which do you prefer?

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
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