The lighting conditions that accompany passing storm fronts often do wonders for your photographic subjects. One's that approach or pass late in the day when the sun is low are probably best of all, so when I saw this storm approaching back in the spring of 08', rather than head home just a 30 minute walk from my present location, I chose to stick around and as the rain started falling I was amply rewarded with this pleasant scene. Editing these shots at times has been a much thornier problem for me. Just as Englishman Rip Van Winkle found his quaint village in upstate New York to be totally foreign to him after sleeping for 20 years through the intervening Revolutionary war, so I after a 20 year absence to photography found my world quite different from the one I left. No longer could I drop my images off at a lab and then happily pick up my slides a few days later. Now all my camera's shoot digitally and I have to edit all the bloody shots myself - eeech!! And so many techniques to learn. But over the last 3 years I've slowly gotten better. Also I have acquired superior editing software to the basic ones bundled with the cameras when I purchased them, as well as better plug-ins for them.
Still there's several techniques I don't feel comfortable using, one of the biggest being the levels and curves editor, which for the longest made whatever exposure problem I was trying to correct look ten times worse when I finished then it did when I started, so I've avoided it like foot fungus. But often there are times when every other tool I try stinks out the joint as well, and so out of desperation on 10 or 15 of the last images I've edited I've unenthusiastically used it for one reason or another, with slowly growing success. So when I was faced with the low contrast washed out sky that originally was the signature feature of this scene I turned to my levels and curves editor once more. As it transformed my blanch sky into a contrasty brooding one, I was even more amazed to see blushes of red appear in some of the clouds that I didn't even notice when I shot the scene live. And so a shot that remained half edited out of the light of day for three years now joins its' siblings due to the editing tool I once liked using the very least.
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