Good Afternoon Ted and Jody:
I get a bit obsessed when there is definition in the clouds. Here in the Pacific Northwest the clouds coming in from weather systems generated in the pacific seem to insist they have some definition—cloud style, if you will. This past month or so has engendered a prolonged bout of obsession in me. It does not take much definition to get my attention. Then there is the lighting of the sun filtering through the clouds.
This noon, I noticed I could fit both the sun and its reflection in a vertical format shot. So, I did. . I then enhanced the highlights to bring out the definition in the clouds over and reflected in Silver Lake. When I was, so to speak, in the field, I did notice the clouds on the horizon and wanted to work with them. The sun and its reflection, while dramatic and compelling, was actually a side show. So, I cropped the sun and its reflection out to emphasize the clouds on the horizon. Then not being satisfied with an approximately square shot, I further cropped it to end up with the fourth, a panorama like, shot.
While I may take as many as a hundred shots at one stop beside the road—walking perhaps 25 to 100 yards from where I parked the car (with flashers on); I do like the challenge of pulling all that I can out of one shot. The one shot gave me about 20 minutes of messing on the computer in Photoshop. So, with a few hundred more, shots to day, I should be able to keep busy for 2,000 minutes. But, I will keep going out and not spend all my time in after the shutter messing (processing).
Warmest regards, Ed