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    Skyscapes

    Clouds, sunrises and sets, flying things... Perhaps not a thread for the hemmed in by trees lot. Let's see what you've got!

    I'll start it off with a quick shot I took on my way in to work this morning. I'm sure the people behind me love my slightly extended stops, lol

    Hot air balloons are a fixture of the Albuquerque skyscape.

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    Not sure if this one fits into your described category, but was taken when visiting Walt Disney World: Downtown Disney.


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    Nice shots guys. Hot air balloons are always fascinating to me. Unfortunately most times when I've seen them, had no camera to capture. Lucille had posted a really nice series last fall.
    http://sonyalphalab.com/forums/showt...on-Fiesta-Park

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragion View Post
    Not sure if this one fits into your described category, but was taken when visiting Walt Disney World: Downtown Disney.
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    It fits the category perfectly, dragion. Thank you for the contribution; it is way cool. I had a parenthetical 'land features are fine' clause in the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilmeland View Post
    Nice shots guys. Hot air balloons are always fascinating to me. Unfortunately most times when I've seen them, had no camera to capture. Lucille had posted a really nice series last fall.
    http://sonyalphalab.com/forums/showt...on-Fiesta-Park
    Thanks for reviving Lucille's balloon thread, Willie. She's got those lovely pro shots. This town/MSA/region goes into a frenzy over chile (it gets first billing) and balloons.

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    I was playing a bit with this shot in LR5 last night, trying different effects and was considering adding it to the B&W Challenge in its B&W incarnation, but after all that, I liked it best straight out of the camera (minus a couple of dust bunnies and a small crop)...

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    Night time in Picuris New Mexico.



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    Thanks, Lucille! I love the juxtaposition of light and dark in this shot of Picuris, and those clouds

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    Clouds - looking to the east, just before sunset tonight

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    I love dramatic clouds....

    When shooting, always expose for the sky in manual mode, then bring up the dark areas/shadows in post. I previously unveiled one of my shooting techniques, and that is I always tend to under expose, I feel I get better pop and colors this way, and with the new Sony cameras I get very little noise in the shadows...


    Anton Chico New Mexico. Shot with the Sony A7 and Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucille View Post
    I love dramatic clouds....

    When shooting, always expose for the sky in manual mode, then bring up the dark areas/shadows in post. I previously unveiled one of my shooting techniques, and that is I always tend to under expose, I feel I get better pop and colors this way, and with the new Sony cameras I get very little noise in the shadows...


    Anton Chico New Mexico. Shot with the Sony A7 and Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0
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    Lucille, agreed on the dramatic clouds. I love them too. We're lucky, living here in NM. Thanks for this cool NM-capturing shot with the land, car, junipers and Sky! Thanks for the the shooting technique reveal, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilmeland View Post
    Clouds - looking to the east, just before sunset tonight
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    To quote Pooh, 'Oh Bother'. I had written a fairly long reply on this one and it disappeared...

    Anyway, cool shot of the sunset clouds, Willie. Thanks for sharing it! Clouds are great, and sunrise/set always seems to make them (like many other things) more photogenic. I find it interesting that oft times the best shots are away from the rising/setting sun, though the colors are often more vivid looking toward it.

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    Thanks Brian, Think your sunset could work nicely in a sienna monochrome tint too, but agree it's best in color.

    Also agree with you and Lucille - clouds never fail to get my attention. I just find it almost impossible to adequately capture with the camera the vision left in my mind (but keep trying anyway).

    Lucille love both of your shots - very nice compositions and the lighting and clouds really give them emotion. Thanks for the tip on shooting as well. I agree that from my learning experiences, I can get far better results with shots that are -1/3 or -2/3 than those that are overexposed and really seem to get far better colors generally when slightly underexposed.

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    A beautiful Wyoming supercell video, set to (I think) the music of Ligeti. Great job by Nicolaus Wegner, a NatGeo photographer.

    https://youtu.be/r1xohS2u69E

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    Anton Chico New Mexico.



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    Cool Anton Chico shot, Lucille. It looks like the church and outbuildings are reaching for that cloud in the upper center-right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucille View Post
    When shooting, always expose for the sky in manual mode, then bring up the dark areas/shadows in post. I previously unveiled one of my shooting techniques, and that is I always tend to under expose, I feel I get better pop and colors this way, and with the new Sony cameras I get very little noise in the shadows...
    That's a great tip... will have to "focus" on that in the future!

    Regards.

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    Modest contribution

    The following are a bit dated and come from different cameras...

    First a cellphone picture

    Summer evening on Flickr

    Then from a HX9V

    DSC08552.EQ on Flickr

    Don't think I have a good one that is mostly sky from the A6000 yet. Probably too much foreground on this...

    Morning gold on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianC View Post
    A beautiful Wyoming supercell video, set to (I think) the music of Ligeti. Great job by Nicolaus Wegner, a NatGeo photographer.
    Very nice! Would love to witness scenery like this and eventually get to do time lapse photography.

    So many things to try, so little time...

    Thanks for the pointer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianC View Post
    Thanks, Lucille! I love the juxtaposition of light and dark in this shot of Picuris, and those clouds
    Exactly! How did you get the ladder to stand out like this: light painting?

    To me this image has a "Salvador Dali" mood. Impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilmeland View Post
    Clouds - looking to the east, just before sunset tonight

    clouds4066
    by Hunter S Catson, on Flickr
    Storm is in the air!! Nice picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leuius View Post
    (snip)

    Then from a HX9V

    (snip)
    This! I like all of them, but Wow, what a shot here! I love the colors of the sky and clouds, the tree, the plane, all of it. You nailed the category, Stef

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    Quote Originally Posted by leuius View Post
    The following are a bit dated and come from different cameras...

    Cheers!
    All nice Shots Stef & agree with Brian, favorite is the second shot - really like the composition. Then again, like the colors and framing of the others too. BTW, we really missed a lot of opportunities prior to having camera phones - that Samsung did a pretty nice job.

    Willie

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    Thanks guys...

    Maybe I should have mentioned that I have a Flickr album devoted to sky related images.

    You can find it here if you are interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leuius View Post
    Thanks guys...

    Maybe I should have mentioned that I have a Flickr album devoted to sky related images.

    You can find it here if you are interested.
    .
    Yes, quite, and thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leuius View Post
    Exactly! How did you get the ladder to stand out like this: light painting?

    To me this image has a "Salvador Dali" mood. Impressive.

    Yes, I do a lot of long exposure painting with light, I have a bag full of various flashlight/torches that I have bought at Home Depot during the Christmas season when these various lights come on sale....

    Most of my light painting involves cars, but I do many things. I get visions in my minds eye when I assess a scene, and I try and create it. Painting with light opens a fabulous door of creativity, and often
    results in a very unique image.


    Picuris New Mexico.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucille View Post
    Yes, I do a lot of long exposure painting with light, I have a bag full of various flashlight/torches that I have bought at Home Depot during the Christmas season when these various lights come on sale....

    Most of my light painting involves cars, but I do many things. I get visions in my minds eye when I assess a scene, and I try and create it. Painting with light opens a fabulous door of creativity, and often
    results in a very unique image.


    Picuris New Mexico.
    Totally gorgeous!!! That surrealistic style is an eye opener.

    And those clouds are magnificent. Somehow, I thought NM was cloudless

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    That last image with the light painting is amazing Lucille!

    Awesome thread and photos everybody

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    That last image with the light painting is amazing Lucille!

    Awesome thread and photos everybody

    Jay
    Agree & Lucille's last photo is really captivating.
    Lucille, how long was this exposure and how long did you have the flashlight on?

    thanks,
    Willie

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    Gorgeous shot of Picuris, Lucille! Thanks for sharing it, and your techniques!

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