This expansive view was taken on Losari beach overlooking The Straits of Makassar when it was bathed in brewing dark storm clouds. It was a mixture of the apparent warm light from one side and darkness from the other just as the sun was going down on the extreme right - not in pict. The light and colours kept changing dramatically and so swiftly, but that was when things got excited and a rather more dramatic change in conditions, every now and again casting some subtle rays and spreading a warm glow on the seascape.
Knowing well that a storm was in the making to cause havoc when those fishing boats were seen hurrying ashore to beat it. The brooding clouds thickened into a wild heavy and massive blanket..
It’s a golden opportunity infact to experience the many variations of light that unfold before my eyes in a short period of time – patterns of colors, tones, shadows, shades and textures that surfaced above water briefly in this particular time and place. It was awesome standing there watching the drama and a true gift, just as the camera took it. Moments later the panorama took on a frenzied atmosphere, lightning began to play in that menacing and powerful 'bubble'clouds...
what a sight.
Focused of the clouds but exposed on the foreground, the bit of Kayangan Island can be seen on the left horizon. I wanted to include as much of the skyscape as possible, helped by my ever faithfull Graduated ND filter to achieve a much more balance exposure.
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mesutilgim (76846) 2013-10-16 2:04
Amazing cloudy sky overwhelming the viewer.
Almost an apocalyptic scenery with perfect effect.
TFS and best regards
papagolf21 (81700) 2013-10-16 2:19
Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
Jeu des nuages - jeu de la nature, essentiellement poétique.
krzychu30 (14996) 2013-10-16 2:54
these cloud formations are dark,gloomy and kind of scary,but on the other hand so captivating and creating so lovely,unique mood of the scene.
Enjoy these contradictory feelings accompanying your composition.
Excellently framed and exposed image.I agree with Mesut-looks almost apocalyptc.
pajaran (45565) 2013-10-16 3:14
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na opasne oblake, koji donose nevreme ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, moje cestitke.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon , this afternoon.
An interesting article about the place and time, with the given data ...
Nice view of the threatening clouds that bring the storm ...
A good time recording , contrast , beautiful colors .
Good work , nice place and shown the moment , my congratulations .
Nice afternoon and all the best .
kabel (1399) 2013-10-16 4:52
Hello, amazing storm clouds and as you said a real gift to behold. Nature is our best entertainer.
You captured such strong colors and the filter you chose gave a lot drama to the scene.
Sergiom (50674) 2013-10-16 5:02
Je me dépêcherais de rentrer au port avant que le ciel me tombe sur la tête. Ils sont vraiment menaçants et tous accumulés au même endroit, juste au dessus des petits bateaux.
Noel_Byrne (17301) 2013-10-16 5:22
Now thats a cloud :) This is the type of scene that would make want to sit back, relax and watch the world and approaching storm unfurl before me, there is nothing quite like a good storm! I imagine this brought much rain, and it looks almost solid, perhaps like a cloud of ash from a volcano. Of course, a volcano wont create this beautiful light show from yellow to pink, so even better still. A brilliant idea including the silhouettes of the little boats showing how vast this formation is!
All the best
Fis2 (79834) 2013-10-16 5:48
A very interesting sky.
I like composition.
I like it.
mkamionka (28424) 2013-10-16 6:03
spectacular sky, great exposition to emphasize them. I like how they are set against the yellow-pink sky. The elements captured on the surface of the water make great scale marker and they somehow anchor the scene on the Earth.
holmertz (34681) 2013-10-16 7:47
Again you have used nature to paint a picture with the camera lens. The narrow slice of sea, boats and land balances the purple upper part and indicates the environment and circumstances, but this picture is really mainly about colours and shapes. The general impression is one of an almost abstract painting. I could imagine this in a super-large size hanging on the wall of an art gallery.
kato (11120) 2013-10-16 8:31
You're capturing well this amazing grey cloud by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the stormy clouds in the sky. It's good contrast with calm sea. And, the sky dyed setting sun draws out a good atmosphere.
rychem (16500) 2013-10-16 8:36
Incredible cloud formation, it looks so dangerously, the scenery is like before the end of the world, fanatstic photo
danos (80967) 2013-10-16 8:40
fascinating the view as the presentation of the clouds formations over Losari beach.I like the excellent capture with the reflections of the yellow clouds on the surface of the sea to make the image even more effective.
olive224 (2717) 2013-10-16 8:46
An impressive view of those dark clouds
A lot of anti noise filter no ??
Romano46 (15678) 2013-10-16 10:19
Incredibile. La spettacolarità di queste nubi è nota ma questa ha un aspetto inquietante e nello stesso tempo pieno di fascino.
Ed sono queste caratteristiche che la trasformano in un bel soggetto fotografico che non hai perso l'occasione di fissare nel fotogramma, con ricchezza di dettagli che ne evidenziano le sfumature di luce e edi colore.
Ciao e buona serata
Silvio1953 (111156) 2013-10-16 11:06
Ciao Abmdsudi, fantastic sky, fascinating atmosphere, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (97075) 2013-10-16 11:47
Tout simplement merveilleux, part ces couleurs jaune et rosée qui entourent ces gros nuages formant et donnant un spectacle grandiose, une atmosphère particulière que vous avez capturer au bon moment, félicitations
marabu61 (6555) 2013-10-16 11:50
Amazing formations of clouds indeed. The use of an ND grad filter has certainly payed of here. The way the clouds are illuminated from below is gorgeous and the colors very pleasing.
have a great day
ourania (22798) 2013-10-16 12:06
this is a stunning spectacle, it inspires awe even in the photo seen from the comfort of a cozy home environment, I can imagine your awe and excitement at watching this marvellous monster and its transformations with your own eyes! An unforgettable skyscape, the view of the landscape and the tiny boats only confirm the suggestiveness of this powerful cloud. The colours render the drama very effectively. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Didi (53373) 2013-10-16 15:22
Terrific dramatic cloud
The lightining is missing :) but I get scary
jjcordier (70605) 2013-10-16 22:41
Un ciel somptueux et impressionnant surplombant ce paysage maritime paisible. Belle photo!
sevy (15009) 2013-10-17 0:14
Strong and eye catching seascape with the tiny boats and the huge storm cloud. The balance of both is sharing a kind of story inside this only shot.
I understand it was not easy to manage the exposure of this shot. You found a good setting.
mirosu (10942) 2013-10-17 4:09
Brilliant clouds photo. I like the contrast against bright sky in BG which is excellent.
You have placed the nicely lit sea water very well in the bottom part. Superbly balanced photo.
Very well done.
lousat (68631) 2013-10-17 4:16
A very interesting moment! You caught very well this original and nice opportunity whit a great exposure,details and colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
adramad (33600) 2013-10-17 7:42
Breathtaking these dark clouds, which gives a great touch to dramatic composition, seems to be posing on the calm surface of the sea.
Certainly its color and density give a little scary, but on the other hand fascinated by its beautiful forms.
Very good image quality, sharpness is also great.
Enjoy a happy day.
Waylim (24490) 2013-10-17 23:02
Wow, that is some dramatic cloud. It can only happen in tropical area, I love the sense of urgency, I almost feel like I need to run for cover, though there are lot of open sky. Amazing how dark it is with so many shades of grays and yet, the lower part cast BEAUTIFUL light of the setting sun. The landscape with tiny boats and tree at the horizon really adds a sense of scale just to show how gigantic this cloud formation is. Quality is not your best in comparison to others in our gallery, but certainly good and better than most that we see here.
shevchenko (18989) 2013-10-18 3:55
Amazing, what a giant cloud above the sea, good frame to show it, impressice seascape in a cloudy day, good perspective with capture land and boats in the depth, thanks for sharing a fascinating scenery.
mcmtanyel (8269) 2013-10-18 22:16
Those are some fierce looking but awe-inspiring clouds. The scene looks ominous.
npecanhuk (59040) 2013-10-19 7:27
Colors, exposure and composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
nikkitta (11170) 2013-10-21 14:37
A bit late but with time to enjoy and comment this great capture
Frighting cloud plenty of shades of grey and still with some golden reflects, like also how you included the silhouettes at the BG
As usual informative note about the capture
Well done, congrats
I am learning the way you composed some of your captures, playing with the colors and reflects of the sky and some small elements to give contrast (boats here)
eldancer1 (23116) 2013-10-22 7:56
While growing up in the Philippines I used to look at those tropical cloud formations and made images out of them although not during the storm which scared the heck out me. You did a wonderful job capturing those clouds. It look scary but I can also see the silver lining behind them. Wonderful colors. WEll done, tfs.
gervaso (9271) 2013-10-22 8:29
This dark cloud is wonderful and makes a beautiful contrast with the sunset colors! The composition is perfect with this framing including only a little bit of the sea on the bottom! Excellent job!
adidas5nb (4021) 2013-10-22 19:54
S-U-P-E-R-B is the word.what else can i say!!!!!
josepmarin (57267) 2013-10-23 10:30
wow! these clouds are impressive, and we can guess the heavy storm is coming.
I like its great graphical power, and the fantastic contrast between its darkness and the luminous sky of the afternoon.
The fishing boats seems insignificant compared with the huge clouds.
Exposure and light are managed well, and the composition is very attractive.
Well done, my friend.
COSTANTINO (47766) 2013-10-23 22:29
the presentation off all those clouds
is the best dynamic atmosphere with
warm colors changing everybody s
it is a shot destinated for an
adores (32712) 2013-10-25 15:12
Another fantastic and powerful sky! The boats seem so small compared to the huge dark clouds. Seems they are going to be smashed at any moment! A great shot, the moment is perfect!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (36390)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-02
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 100 RAW, Cokin P121 Gradual Grey G2 ND8
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-16 1:59