Plymouth (CA), Storm Clouds, Last Light

ISO100, 80mm, f/11, 1/13 sec
Plymouth, CA

Another photograph resurrected from the archives.  The reason?  Spectacular clouds, poor landscape context.  This image was originally planned as part of a panorama, but the idea was nixed due to the same lack of interesting context.  For once the rolling hills hinder, rather than improve the image.

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

To compose a strong photograph, the elements need to strengthen the overall image.  Far too often we snap a shot because something catches our eye, but in our haste to capture the moment, we do not carefully select all the elements to complement the focal point.

In this particular case, with the foreground hills not enhancing the image, but rather creating a distraction for the eyes away from the clouds, I darkened the foreground to ensure the focus is only on the clouds.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 80mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/13 sec

Plymouth (CA), Storm Clouds, Last Light. Plymouth, California. December 26, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Plymouth (CA), Storm Clouds, Last Light

  1. Personally, the hills didn’t distract me at all. The first thing that came to my mind when I first saw the image was the burst of life in the clouds. I like the way you composed the shot. Actually, for me the darkness in the foreground adds to the intensity of the light explosion of the clouds. Just my 2 cents. 🙂


    1. Thanks for the feedback Emily! I did darken the foreground just a bit for the same reason you mentioned though, the focus really is about the light emanating from the clouds.

      And totally worth the soggy shoes I had to endure for the 15 minute drive home. It was a really bad idea to wear non-waterproof hiking shoes in thigh-high rain soaked grass!


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