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Behind the Storm

Behind the Storm
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen 62mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): Storms or Stormy Skies, Clouds, ~~ Clouds, Clouds and Clouds ~~, Clouds & Storm Clouds, 40-49 points, 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 13:36
Viewed: 5164
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the last one in this storm series. I had to stop shooting, because the wind died and the mosquitos were returning and they seem to be really hungry.

The sun has set behind the mountains and the storm clouds moved more to the south showing us what beauty was hidden behind the storm. we knew then that the next day would be a excellent day to drive into the mountains.

Tech talk: Shot in RAW (-1EV) converted straight into JPEG. USM, frame and resize.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-16 13:38]

Nice cloud formation, these sky shots make a nice series. Excellent colours again

Hi Niek,
a wonderful burning sky, the clouds are so beautiful. Thanks and have a nice evening
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-16 13:56]
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Hi Niek,
The sky looks so magical... Clouds are like cotton candies. Wonderful colors with a good exposure. TFS :o)

Hi Niek, it is a very lovely image.
I can perfectly see in this clouds, a head of a man with a beard, just in the middle of the image.
Beautiful colours , TFS.

Really nice ending to this series. Ecellent job

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-08-16 14:44]

fantastic shot
I like i very much!
TFS Libor

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-16 15:02]

Otro impactante paisaje por su colorido y la imponencia de esas nubes.
Excelente composición con buen manejo de la luz.
Saludos... Ricardo.

Another impacting landscape for their coloring and the magnificence of those clouds.
Excellent composition with good handling of the light. Greetings... Ricardo.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
Lighting *****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Note: **

What a great set of clouds and that wonderful colour the storm created. I love the really hung over feel that top cloud layer creates Niek.

Seems to need to be a tad sharper to me, but that might just be me.

Nicely done


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-08-16 16:03]

Hi Niek,

Excellent shot, beautiful view and colors. Using the elements as a frame for composition is nicely done. Excellent work.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-16 16:25]

Prachtige kleuren en machtige wolken Niek. De compositie is erg mooi en de scherpte prima. Jammer dat de serie nu ten einde is: rot-muskieten!! :) Goed gedaan & TFS!


Hello Niek,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

This is a beauty, Niek. The colors and the light are really nice. I like the narrow silhouette of land that gives a foundation and scale to the shot. Is there any advantage to shooting RAW if one converts it straight to JPRG? (is it just that you have the original with all that info in case you may want it.) If I start shooting and saving RAW images I'm going to need a second external hard drive. MY 80Gig one is almost full. My computer is an 80 Gig too. I only store one year's photos at a time on it...and I don't have much room left there either.


Evelynn : )

Awesome Niek!
Just look at those thunderhead bubbling up through the atmosphere...up where the air is clean...opps got carried away. :))
The orange, yellow and peach colour of the cloud as so pretty and soft looking. It almost looks like there is smoke in the air by all the colours.
TFS Janice

Hi Niek,
A superb sky composition!
The warm colours are awesome, in particular I appreciate the effect of lighting on that beautiful cloud formation...
Well framed in a fine composition, where you wisely use the ground as a firm foundation!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-17 3:47]

Hi Niek

Splendid image of these amazingly looking clods.
The light in this picture is simply fantastic, but also the high POV (at least so it seems, beacuse the clouds appear almost at level and rifht abouve you :)).
Also great exposure, colors and composition.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

beautiful clouds and love the color. Awesome shot.
Donna :o)

Hello Niek, another excllent colorsful photo, perfect colors in this sky perfect, cloudes and storm really make excllent photo opprotunities, we just need to take advantage of them like you have here, Excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Niek,
That is a really dramatic and beautiful scene! The warm tones and colors look great. Overall composition is superb. Love it!

Hello Niek,
Another nice shot in this series..
As before, I like the overall color & tone. In this one the cloud formations have good interest, with the billowing storm clouds beneath the flat ceiling layer above & the dark rolling hills below..
Well done and TFS.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-08-17 10:46]

Wow Niek, such a beautiful cloud ! Shapes and colors are really amazing, looks almost magical. :-) I love the composition of the picture, as well as the POV - looks like you were at the same level than the big cloud. Very well done !

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-17 13:22]

Hi Niek,
A majestic clouds with a very very beautiful light. The right "The End" for this secuence.
Regards, José M.

Woooow! A beautiful composition with perfect sharpness, warm colours and very good lighting.
Very impressive!

Wow very dramatic shot Niek! It almost looks as though there's some forest fire smoke in the air judging from the deep orange tones you managed to aquire here without a polarizing filter.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-17 17:25]

Superb sky, Niek ! Well exposed and composed ! Thanks !


Nice shot, nice warm colours. I like the moutains in the bottom of the picture as it gives a nice dimension to the pix.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-25 19:52]

Hi Niek,
Excellent cloud formations. It seems that the clouds here in the US are very different from Europe, certainly the UK. The colours in this are beautiful and I like the way you've framed the distant clouds between the ground and the storm clouds at the top of the frame. Excellent detail and textures too, great work.

Incredible colors, unusual for the sky.
I liked your humour and observation about mosquitos. :) Thanks for adding this interesting photo to my theme!

Hi Niek

Stunning cloud formation. Wonderful colours. Well seen and shown. Thank you!

Hi Niek,
Magical moment, the picture is just perfect, colors, position, angle, well done,

Hello Niek,
Beautiful!! I love this picture, the cumulus nimbus clouds between the other clous and the orange colours gived by the saturated atmosphere makes an unique and exceptional view.
Well done!!

Hi Niek,

Wonderful set of storm shots, I just love the lighting and atmosphere before, during and after storms - the colours are fantastic, you can almost feel the power in that cumulonimbus.
TFS, Doug

Hi Niek,
This is a classically beautiful anvil head on the storm cloud and a great photo. Bugs are always a problem when you shoot pics in warm weather. We have heard that a few places on Earth actually have no mosquitos. We are doubtful.

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