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Color? We don't need no stinkin' color!!

Big On Black

 

What:

Storm clouds moving in over pools of tide water on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Where:

East Dover (no relation to Ben)

Nova Scotia, Canada

 

About:

I took a drive out along the Peggy's Cove loop (yeah, I know...again!!) late yesterday as there is another storm in the forecast and I was hoping there would be some clouds moving in and some good waves. I wanted to get a totally different view on the lighthouse so I stopped way up the road and hiked down to the coastline. The rain and hail started just as I got there but there was still a tiny bit sun poking through the increasing cloud cover.

I only took my 18-200mm lens and camera condom and a homemade shield to block the wind and water. Got a few decent shots of the waves but as I was hiking back to the car I spotted these cool looking pools of tide water with the ominous clouds moving in overhead. It was getting very dark so I hoped I could get a decent long exposure shot. Normally I would use the 10-20mm on this shot but as I said it was back in the car because I never planned any close-up shots. Ah-ha! Perfect time to try another vertorama!! With Panorama Paul's tutorial fresh in my mind I took a couple 30second exposures of the foreground up just about to the horizon and a couple 20second exposures of the sky with a little overlap to about the big rock on the right. From there I hoped for the best and made my way back to the car in the dark!

And yes...wet feet again! Damn I need to get those rubber boots soon!

 

Post Processing

I imported all my shots into Lightroom2, picked the best FG & sky shots. Did the RAW conversions in LR2. I selected the two files and then chose the "Merge to Panorama in Photoshop" option to see if it would work.

Now this goes against Paul's hand-stitched method but it is worth trying as it gets your shots into PS and setup as layers automatically. Sometimes as here it will work fine, sometimes it's totally messed up but you can easily deleted the masks and do it manually from there if needed. It worked perfectly in this case and all I had to do was crop off the excess (you'll know what I mean if you try it).

After I had my image I added many layers of curves and masked in each for different parts of the image (sky, grass, water, etc..) as an alternate means of dodge/burn. I guess you could call it painting light with curves? Lastly I tried a B&W version using NIK SilverEfex Pro. As you can see I liked it better than the color version. I may post that one another time?

 

Blazing Saddles

Please, no multiple invites or crazy glittery graphics. Thank You

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Nikon D90 : Nikkor 18-200mmVR @ 18mm : 30seconds @ f/18 : ISO 100

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Taken on March 22, 2009