View Full Version : Ready for Rain: Critique

12-22-2008, 12:52 PM
In Visalia, in Central California, we just had a big storm come through. I got out before it started and took a bunch of pictures. I like this one and just wanted some feedback on it.


Michael Van der Tol
12-22-2008, 02:51 PM
Hi Mindforge,

A tough exposure. Dark field sunny - bright white clouds in the sky. From a composition perspective I think it's OK. You've got some leading lines, the horizon looks to be at at the lower third of the image, nice colour, but the sky is "blown out" in many places.

To solve this problem take two shots using a tripod - one exposed for the field and one exposed for the sky and then combine in post. Or use a Neutral Density Grad. filter to knock down the light of the sky (~ 2 stops).



Dwayne Oakes
12-22-2008, 06:32 PM
I think a horizontal comp with the camera lower to the ground insted of at
eye level might work a bit better at bringing out those leading lines in the
FG which will add more depth and interest to the photo. Hope this helps.

Take care,

Dwayne Oakes

12-22-2008, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the feedback, I'll have to try both of these. There are still plenty of opportunities at this particular location.

12-23-2008, 03:00 PM
This situation is tailor-made for a polarizing filter!