A photobloggers' cliché: Dramatic sky 2006-05-1736 Comments
Sebastian thinks this photo shows either God or the aliens or both trying to contact us. I feel more like I watch the crucifixion of Christ from a distance.
What we would like to know: What are your associations when you look at this? Do you like to see dramatic skies or do you feel you have already come across enough of them on your photoblog visits?
This was taken on our mountain bike ride around Stuttgart last Sunday. The black silhouette on the left side of the hill is one of several towers used for telecommunication.
This actual scene was pretty dramatic already, but additionally we made this picture a HDR and darker.
Okay I've been trying these never get them right. Shot in raw? and how much dodging and burning did you do if any? Jide Alakija @ 2006-May-17 10:11
Just read your comment about HDR....now that's what did it. Thanks...but still interested in your other processing. Jide Alakija @ 2006-May-17 10:13
When a cliché is this well done, it???s not a cliché anymore. Very nice. Chris @ 2006-May-17 11:12
awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome oh yea awesome how did u process this great shot? ? sìkò @ 2006-May-17 11:12
looking at this image I can se the glory of God and his amazing eye for detail in creating things ? sìkò @ 2006-May-17 11:13
hehe ok ok, so there go my trade secrets:
- Created a HDR image in Photomatix from 2 exposures of a RAW shot, 0.0 and -1.25.
- In PS I used the normal version of the image as the base layer, then put the HDR version on top of it with blending mode 'multiply' and 75% opacity. Duplicated the HDR layer, set blending to 'overlay' and opacity to 25%.
- Saturation +10
- Levels to correct black and whitepoint
After merging I had to retouch a few cabins on the hill, one flare and bit of sensor dust, which REALLY is getting on my nerve by the way. No dodging, burning or masks.
And we almost didn't post it because Ella was annoyed by the tower and I was unwilling to retouch it... ;)
Fortunately I managed to change her mind. Sebastian @ 2006-May-17 11:53
I think, if we tire of given subjects, we run the risk of tiring of photography itself. There is always something new, some new angle or technique ( as above, thank you! ) that can lift anything out of being ordinary. You???ve dramatically proven that right here but whether by Scripture, ???CS-Script or Sigma is more difficult to say . . AG @ 2006-May-17 12:11
very nice ray of light...it's like God is talking with somebody... Marius Muscalu @ 2006-May-17 12:17
wow, fantastic picture, very divine Sola Labinjo @ 2006-May-17 12:33
Blimey, the heavens have literally opened up. I think I am beginning to know what style I wish to develop. For me it is beaty, just lovely images. So, this really appeals, it's a beauty! tobias @ 2006-May-17 13:31
really terrific image. stunning light. david @ 2006-May-17 13:35
Certain pictures are cliches for a reason: because they're often such good subjects. Well-done dramatic skies will never grow old, though poorly done ones will. This is very nice, though I think some foreground interest would have made it better. Ryan @ 2006-May-17 14:00
dramatic skys rule!
as for aliens or god ... i believe aliens would have a vertical beam, so maybe this is the stairway to heaven or something.
either way, nice!
;) MrC @ 2006-May-17 14:04
I don't think this is cliche at all, I think the composition adds to the drama, it is so well done technically and to me it goes beyond all techno stuff to comment on the god like reverence many of us are giving to technology and incessant development, ie.the symbolic communications tower! fotojo @ 2006-May-17 14:22
Superb sky!! I have no problem with cliche photos as long as they are done well (like this). Not sure whether the tower bothers me or not (which is no help to anyone, I know) Neil @ 2006-May-17 15:25
dramatic skies are common, but few are really good. I like this because of that thing there (what you called a crucifix) being the center of the light coming out of the sky. I could easily see why Sebastian thought this was God (or aliens, allthough I don't believe in aliens...) connecting with us. Maybe it is too. Minna @ 2006-May-17 17:27
wowwww.... really great work Manuel @ 2006-May-17 18:47
common, yes, but no less powerful. Jeremy @ 2006-May-17 20:05
I think this is a fantastic shot - no matter who else does things like this it still has the potential to be beautiful.
I tend to take views like this as a blessing that nature can provide such beauty, and that we are able to appreciate it. Phil @ 2006-May-17 21:40
Techinically and ascetically this is a very excellent and pleasing photo. What I find most interesting though, is that people associate this kind of imagery with a certain "power", and/or their system of beliefs make them see certain interpretations of things of what they may WANT to see. Steve LLamb @ 2006-May-17 22:44
Aside from the heavy manipulation, wondeful shot ;) Tuan @ 2006-May-18 02:29
first of all : nice shot well done... and now about your question forgive me for beeing a cynic but i could't help having this association: God must own stock in Adobe so people can make these dramatic shots that result in these associations.
My real answer: we find this striking a the result of our evolutionary heritage, all those years our ancestors spend on the savannah defenitly left a mark in our genes and the way we react emotionally to images (of landscapes, other people or animals!)