Drama in the clouds
I took this photo the other evening. The sun was still pretty high, but these clouds to the east were very interesting. I thought they looked like a giant bird swooping down on the land.
But, as is sometimes the case, no matter how you shoot the picture you miss some of the detail, or drama. So this photo was perfect for today’s After Before Friday.
Here is the original. As you can see, the clouds were not very pronounced, which is what I really wanted.
So I experimented with something. I have used the graduated filter in Lightroom many times before. But thanks to Stacey’s post last week on her After Before Friday, I learned that you can load some presets into the adjustment brush, or graduated filter. I found a preset that adds drama to the sky. So I used it first. It certainly made a difference, but I wanted a bit more oomph. So I applied another graduated filter on top of that one. I then brought the clarity way up. The sky was good then but the ground needed a little help. So I used an adjustment brush to bring out the color and clarity a bit.
That’s it. I am pretty happy with the end result. What do you think?