Colors in the Storm

by GIULIO57

Date taken May 19th, 2016. H. 12, 30. I spent all day in Val d’Orcia for taking pictures. That day started good: beautiful weather, beautiful and vivid tones. Just a little bit cold for a fresh wind coming from North but this helped sky to stay clear, blue with white clouds. About at noon weather changed in a while. Wind stopped and it started raining. After it appeared this scenery in front of me. Time: half past 12. A few photographers that appeared half an hour before disappeared at first rain-drops. What a luck, I thought! No flies and bees inside my compo! I was still with my camera on tripod and under a useful umbrella.
Pentax LX and Pentax Zoom Lens 40-80 mm at 40 mm. Skylight filter only. Kodak slide chrome 100 ISO. F 5,6. Shutter speed: 1/60. I took several captures at different speed but I prefer this one a little bit underexposed to enhace sky. Shutter release cable to avoid vibrations. I set focus at infinity so I have not worked using hyperfocal. All subjects were not too close to me.
Slidechrome scanned using EPSON Perfection 3200. File just a little bit tweaked in PS (levels, curves). I cropped lower part of foreground and top of sky so to enhace horizontal slant.
Place: somewhere in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy. Welcome C & C.
PS In the far distance it was still raining. This is the reason because skiline is a little bit blurred on the left.
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Dariusz
Posted 20/01/2017 - 17:52 Link
One might probably get high just from walking among them poppies
GIULIO57
Posted 20/01/2017 - 19:28 Link
PPG
GedG
Posted 20/01/2017 - 20:55 Link
Fantastic photo Giulio. Love the vivid colours of the poppies against the sombre cloudscape. LIKEd
davidwozhere
Posted 20/01/2017 - 23:57 Link
The red and the green together really 'pop'
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GIULIO57
Posted 21/01/2017 - 05:36 Link
THX all so much
PPG
Posted 21/01/2017 - 07:07 Link
Good.
GIULIO57
Posted 21/01/2017 - 11:16 Link
Grodgeman wrote:
Good.

THX so much
PPG
davidtrout
Posted 21/01/2017 - 11:44 Link
Tuscan delight ..... what a delightful scene Giulio. Much more tricky achieving this with colour transparency film than digital.
David

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GIULIO57
Posted 21/01/2017 - 14:39 Link
davidtrout wrote:
Tuscan delight ..... what a delightful scene Giulio. Much more tricky achieving this with colour transparency film than digital.
David

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THX David. You're right about old (are really old?)slidechromes....Red and green were so vivid that seemed to me to stay inside a soft-box.....due to light coming from sky that was directed onto scenery in an unvarying way. No deep lights or shadows. After I scanned slide I realized that "almost oversized feature" and I didn't fix this "trouble"...but is it a trouble?
PPG
Edited by GIULIO57: 21/01/2017 - 14:41
pauljay
Posted 23/01/2017 - 07:43 Link
That LX still does a great job Giulio - you too!
Paul.

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PPG
GIULIO57
Posted 23/01/2017 - 08:13 Link
pauljay wrote:
That LX still does a great job Giulio - you too!

THX Paul
PPG
Posted 23/01/2017 - 20:34 Link
Wonderful shot and view...
GIULIO57
Posted 24/01/2017 - 14:31 Link
pixelshot wrote:
Wonderful shot and view...

THX so much
PPG
autumnlight
Posted 26/01/2017 - 17:34 Link
Clever shot and postprocessing , very nice study, sorry for being late!
GIULIO57
Posted 26/01/2017 - 19:41 Link
autumnlight wrote:
Clever shot and postprocessing , very nice study, sorry for being late!

....Don't worry Maria. THX for your comment
PPG
Mag07
Posted 02/02/2017 - 06:13 Link
Oops; how did I miss that! The red is unreal. I love the flipped proportions and the sky. Toscana is near the very top of my 'must see' list. Trouble with Italy is that there are too many places that are a 'must see' haha....and I like to take my time. Lovely shot.
'Photography...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten....' (Aaron Siskind)
GIULIO57
Posted 03/02/2017 - 06:01 Link
Mag07 wrote:
Oops; how did I miss that! The red is unreal. I love the flipped proportions and the sky. Toscana is near the very top of my 'must see' list. Trouble with Italy is that there are too many places that are a 'must see' haha....and I like to take my time. Lovely shot.

yes...you're right about red. Too vivid IMHO and prhaps this is a trouble that arose while scanning! PP has been very soft and red has not een managed as sky "to extract" all clouds! Anyway red is too much redeven if at the moment of capture it was very strong due to "light-box" effect of sky-sun-clouds. My error, perhaps, has been to choose the slide a liittle bit underexposed....About Italy: right time is spring and beginning of summer (till June)...Insted of visiting boring places like Venice, Florence,Rome (AhAhAh!!!) give a look at the Sea and Coast of Tuscany (i.e)...Look at picture of "Castello del Boccale"close to Livorno (English is Leghorn...and there is a nice history about this name of Livorno)....Castello del Boccale is a must burt I have never time togo there!!!!
http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/aroundtuscany/castle-of-boccale...
PPG

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