by Daniel Poxson
(CoralSprings FL. USA)
just thought it was interesting camera is a Casio 4 meg compact just got my new Sony a300 can't wait to test it out.
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This is a really dramatic shot that sums up what could easily be the first rule of photography.
Always carry a camera!
You never know when you are going to be in the right place at the right time and a photo opportunity presents itself.
The effect here is, I believe, called a 'virga'. That's the shafts of rainfall that we can see. And without them, the photo would certainly lose some impact.
So aside from the virga, what else makes this a good photo?
There's the very straight horizon. Well done there! I've said it before, and I'll say it again – when there's water involved, always have a straight horizon!
Daniel has also adhered to the rule of thirds. This is a sure fire way to get a great shot.
To be honest, I generally prefer the rule to be pushed a little (quarters seem to work well), but as a photographer's rule of thumb it's to be recommended!
The cloud is good too – full of feature. Cloud can really make a photo. Good cloud that is.
It is rare for the featureless blankets of cloud to add much to a photo – apart from making a neutral background for something a little more interesting!
So is there anything I would change on Daniel's photo?
Well, yes, just one thing. Use software to boost the contrast a little.
Because of the light and shade of this photo a boost of the contrast command will really bring out all those features.
Other than that, lovely photo. Thanks Daniel for the submission.
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