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Thunder Clouds with the Leica M9 and the Leica 35mm Summicron

July 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

If you have been following me for a while you know that I love clouds. Silver Efex Pro 2 has given me the ability to process images as I envision them. What a revelation! Today at work I could barely contain my excitement as I knew storm clouds would be moving in later in the day and I wanted to be in a great position for them. When I got home I sat around and waited for some thunder in the distance which marked the ever increasing thunder cloud cover. I made my way over to Granite Pier in Rockport my favorite place to shoot this kind of thing and low and behold the clouds were making a really spectacular appearance. I envisioned a fully toned sky with the highlights of the clouds in zone 8 and the darkest areas of the image in zone 2. In Silver Efex Pro 2 I can monitor where these areas are and I was able to make a full contrast image out of my exposure. I took my meter reading off the lower half of the frame (which has been cropped) this gave me a slightly overexposed file. Just enough to the right on the histogram to lighten up the shadows a bit. The Full Structure pre-set seemed to work best and with some tweaking adjusted my zones the way I wanted them. Then back into Lightroom for cropping and dust removal and some burning of the sky on the right. I also made some shots of the harbor with my Canon 5D Mk3 with the 24-70 2.8 L and I will try to get that up tomorrow. I need to find my card reader it has disappeared. 

 

thunder-1Leica M9 w/35mm Summicron

Exposure ISO 200 1/350s @5.6


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