Archive for April 19th, 2010




It rained most of the day yesterday (and the day before for that matter), but just before noon we had an interval when the sun broke through. We drove down to the beach for a walk while it lasted. The contrast between the sun on the beach grass and the storm sky was striking, and I took several shots to try to capture the effect. Click on the image to view it larger. The white speck, if you blow it up big enough, is actually a seagull. This shot is at about 100mm equivalent. It was cropped from the bottom for composition.

Pulling back to 28mm equivalent makes the sky the real subject. Again cropped in Lightroom for composition.

Zooming in to 180mm equivalent gives this view, with the gold of the grass emphasized but less of the drama in the sky.

Three different views of the same phenomenon…each with a strength of its own. 

All three with the Canon SX20IS and Landscape program. 1) F4.5 @ 1/1000th @ ISO 80, 2) F3.5 @ 1/250th @ ISO 80, 3) F5 @ 1/800th @ ISO 80.

All received similar processing in Lightroom. Recovery for the sky detail. Fill light for the foreground and to allow the Blackpoint to more right. Added Clarity and light on the Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset. In the wide shot, enough Blackpoint for the grasses brought out too much blue in the clouds and I had to adjust the saturation of the blue channel.

From Around Home 2010.