First of all this is taken on the road to Broughton on the A701 - the scenic route to the M74 and back to the M6 and home for me. For those who are interested it is not HDR though the car in the FG looks slightly HDR - this is due to high tonal range used in post processing. the shot was also 1.5 stops underexposed.
Whilst driving home from Peebles in Scotland I kept stopping to catch the light but such was the wind and rain that by the time I had gotten out of the car it had disappeared. This time I leaned out of the car window as I pulled over before it had a chance to go!
All the TE members I met in Peebles had remained and had a better day of the weather elsewhere I believe but I was glad to have left them to catch this light.
Going home is a song title from a band called Ten Years After - they are a blues band with some jazz influence too and played the song Going Home at Woodstock. To see them copy and paste the link:
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npecanhuk (56372) 2013-10-31 4:37
Special regards to the overall pp, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
BennyV (13058) 2013-10-31 4:52
Long drives call for lengthy rock songs.
Great sharpness, bold colours, glistening wetness.
Light has been terrific over the last couple of days.
I think it's Lou giving the old man upstairs a good telling off.
But I guess that I just don't know
And I guess that I just don't know.
Sergiom (45527) 2013-10-31 5:37
Cette photo ressort de la galerie. L'ensemble est de très grande qualité malgré le mauvais temps. La lumière qui tente de percer le ciel gris est spectaculaire . J'aime beaucoup.
Oceania (3245) 2013-10-31 5:57
Now, TE allows a larger photo. This picture looks really overwhelming. The stormy sky above the hilly landscape makes the picture unusually beautiful.
timecapturer (37152) 2013-10-31 6:14
I love this! Your post processing techniques are original and stamp your individuality and style over shots like this. It has a painting like quality about it and is both enticing and quite wonderful. Yes the light is quite special and capturing it is challenging but this is a cracking image. Well done!
your comment on my post today made me smile, S&M on Dungeon-ness Beach! What ever floats your boat and there are plenty of those on the beach here too. ;-).
willperrett (4095) 2013-10-31 6:37
Impressive non-HDR work! Actually I'd like to know more detail about how you obtained this effect: by high tonal range, do you mean extra contrast or isn't it that simple? Don't tell if you want to keep a trade secret!
siudzi (27769) 2013-10-31 8:30
You had a luck to take such a stunning scene! Love the tonality of the sky from bright to dark gray which is superb original and built absolutely amazing image. Perfectly done. Bravo!
holmertz (31340) 2013-10-31 8:46
This is a truly spectacular photo. The composition, light and colours are all exceptional.
Romano46 (11573) 2013-10-31 9:35
davanti a simili fotografia c'è poco da commentare. Praticamente hai detto tutto nelle note.
Bisogna solo prendere atto della fortuna e della tua abilità nel cogliere l'attimo giusto e la splendida ripresa e l'eccellente postproduzione.
Un risultato incredibile che rimane impresso nella mente per la sua particolare luce.
Ciao e buona serata
cornejo (22568) 2013-10-31 10:57
Hi Michael, very good picture of this beautiful ray of light on a stormy day, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this great work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
tenretin (468) 2013-10-31 11:16
A beautiful road in a light and a nice wet look.
krzychu30 (12759) 2013-10-31 12:02
seems to be a perfect scene to provide it with so strong and expressive graphical effect(even if it´s not,it has great HDR look).
And again I like your association with a certain song.
Looking at your picture and simultaneously hearing the song makes we feel like we were there on the road with you.It creates the whole mood of the scene(it feels to me like a "road movie" scene)and becomes equally important part of your composition as the strong visual effect you achieved.
rigoletto (32768) 2013-10-31 12:46
having seen the previous tree photo from you, and then this one, i don't get why you claim to be hating hdr, in case you get a similar result with other means of pp (if hdr doesn't look real, this one doesn't as well). as to my liking, this is wonderful with lots of contrast and depth. you live in a land of landscapes, not wild maybe, but quite soothing and peaceful.
ourania (18704) 2013-10-31 12:55
a mesmerizing picture, it's great that you captured this fascinating light and atmosphere at this spot, with the glistening road running trhough a beautiful landscape. There's a captivating intensity in the light and colours and true drama high above. The colouring creates a challenging harmony and the textures stand out in a stunning way. I like how the landscape fades into a mysterious background. The light is the hero of this photo and it's almost palpable. I liked the song but I find the music a better match to the exploding tree in your previous photo:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Gigidusud (10302) 2013-10-31 13:52
Beautiful scene on the splendid landscape. I like the PP effect and the dramatic atmosphère. Well done!
oss (385) 2013-10-31 15:25
Normally i would say this is picture has too much contrast but in this case the overall effect is great. The menacing sky and the curves in the landscape are overwelwing. Very good. Congratulations.
adidas5nb (2911) 2013-10-31 19:16
stunning.brilliant light colors and pp work to makes this pic very very attractive.what an amazing place.really like the cars on the road.
PaulVDV (17331) 2013-10-31 19:35
This silver shining road is certainly a very scenic one in this wonderful landscape.
An excellent combination of a splendid light, a stormy sky and a foggy landscape on the background.
It's a very long time ago that I heard 'Going home' or anything else of Ten Years After. Probably they're not so forgotten in the UK.
Best regards, Paul
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-10-31 23:34
Great shot looks more like HDR.I love the strong colors in this fascinating image. I love the strong colors in this fascinating image and the gloomy skyline.Perfect composition and sharpness.TFS.
Royaldevon (21517) 2013-11-01 1:59
What a change a day can make!
My warm autumn coloured photograph was taken on the road to Broughton!
You have composed this with a keen eye, the sinuous road making an excellent lead through the half lit landscape towards the oncoming storm.
The cars are a real asset. Certainly, the one coming towards camera, surging through the puddles, gives the impression of 'escaping'! The one moving towards the storm, head down, oblivious!
Your pp work has created just the right sort of light that we are familiar with; its a strange storm light.
Have a lovely day,
CLODO (26472) 2013-11-01 4:12
You've captured the essence of the scottish light just after a big rainfall: the road looks like a silver ribbon, we can see the drops of water coming from the tyres of the cars, the sky is really dramatic and the hills are still in the fog.
By the way, what about this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-rQPJrmpsw
mkamionka (27089) 2013-11-01 7:38
wow, this is a spectacular picture. I like very much the light with the sun rays visibly passing between the dark clouds. The sky is amazing. Also the horizon seems to have so many different layers thanks to the fog/rain. Road in the foreground seems to be then well emphasized by reflecting the direct sunlight. Cars add some action and interest here.
Excellent composition and amazing overall final effect.
Regarding the processing I was wondering if high tonal range is not in fact a subtle version of high dynamic range? The processing performed even inside cameras nowadays is stunning. Some cameras are in fact taking three photos and provide you with the final effect. Emka has this setting and she always says it is not HDR. Occasionally we call some processing a pseudo-HDR which is not a real HDR because it is done from one exposition only but manually one can create a darker and lighter version and then merge the three together as if doing HDR.
I wonder if what you call it high tonal range is not in fact some sort of pseudo HDR as the final effect is
identical as many people notice.
In any case the photo is breath taking,
Have a great weekend,
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-11-01 8:44
Now that is one impressive light show, and check out the car in the shot too! Top Gear themselves could not make a better shot than this. I love the textures and tones of this whole scene, and I love the depth from those beautiful hills in the distance. Magical!
lgir (6651) 2013-11-01 9:38
post-processing is done well, the atmosphere is very well rendered with superb light and vibrant colors.
Very good work
bartekp (4654) 2013-11-01 10:01
Superb shot and workshop. Great composition and light.
Have a nice evening
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-11-01 10:01
Striking atmospheric landscape perfectly composed with excellent use of the vehicles to anchor the shot in a tricky lighting situation which you have really exposed nicely in a most evocative way for me. I love the way you've managed to capture so much valuable detail throughout and the combination of bursting sunlight through the dark moody skies makes all the diff adding the finishing touch so stunningly and lifts the shot to a higher plane. You seem to have developed such a professional eye capturing in a way that seems almost effortless, as if you merely stumbled across the scene. This is simply pure joy to look at! Congrats
mesutilgim (73062) 2013-11-01 12:20
One of the best captures in your gallery !
Very good pov and layout.
Perfect light management.
TFS ana have a nice weekend
SnapRJW (23704) 2013-11-01 23:15
Ten Years After... a great band and a good choice of tune to accompany this moody shot Mike. I stand in awe at your creative and appropriate PP work. One word superb Have a great weekend. Rosemary
rbassin (13381) 2013-11-02 8:51
La lumière filtrant à travers les nuages crée une ambiance extraordinaire; le paysage avec la route est de toute beauté.
parvatibb (1085) 2013-11-02 15:18
Excellent view! The light and colors are super and the cars made the composition very different than a regular scenic photo.
Have a nice Sunday
tyro (15721) 2013-11-02 16:50
Sorry that I've not been active here for the past few days but I've just returned from a visit to south Wales to see my newest grandson! It was great to meet you and it's also great to see this fabulous picture from our TE meeting, albeit a picture from your departure home! I'm pleased you got home safely.
The light here is stunning and the contrasts, while, by your own confession, boosted, are really amazing.
I think I recognise this place as being just south of Broughton on the road to Tweedsmuir and then on to Moffat beyond that. The contre jour (as we say in English) lighting is fantastic and you have composed the picture extremely well despite the fact that you caught this one just as you were drawing up to the side of the road. How nice that you managed to catch that rather smart Jaguar sports car with spray kicked up from its wheels too!
Your composition is excellent and the road leads the viewer very nicely into the picture. The colours on the trees and ground are delightful and I love the bright sunshine beaming its way through the dark clouds above.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure, excellent and sympathetic processing and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. I've read with interest your reply to Will's critique and I shall certainly make a note of the settings which you describe. Those settings, of course, apply to Lightroom 5 which I do not have. I know that Lightroom is often used as a means of cataloguing images (which doesn't really interest me) but I was seriously thinking of getting it for its RAW conversion abilities - I'm wondering if it really is better than the RAW converter in Elements 11 which, I believe, is just a cut-down version of that in the full-blown version of Photoshop.
Now, funnily enough, I've just had a wee play around with a random image in the RAW converter in Elements 11 and entered those same parameters which you've quoted - am I right in thinking that the parameters are as follows:
Are those right? As I say, I've fiddled with an image using the RAW converter in Elements 11 with those settings and it does seem to give some pretty dramatic effects. Perhaps they are a bit "OTT" for the particular image I was using but I guess one can vary them a bit depending upon the picture in question. I presume that those settings are not prescriptive but exist as a guidance only?
I'd be interested to hear whether you think I should be splashing out on Lightroom 5 but, in the meantime, I'm going to while away some more of this precious existence on planet Earth by playing around with those parameters!
Take care, Mike, and thank you so much for making the effort to come to our wee meeting. I hope you enjoyed yourself (I certainly did) and I hope that all went well with your consultation on Monday too!
brianmcc (5818) 2013-11-03 3:07
this is a cracking picture with the sun breaking through the clouds and resulting in a wonderful moody scene. great composition with the road leading into the hills. the sun illuminating the area around the trees is superb. it would be even better (just my own preference) if the silver sports car was the only one in the frame. its position in your picture is perfect, but the black car gets in the way a bit - not something you could control of course.
i haven't been around TE much for a while, but in my absence your recent pictures are all fantastic (no connection to my absence!).
annjackman (15541) 2013-11-05 3:14
I love the post-processing and Dave and I have spent the last 15 minutes discussing how you did it and the relative merits of pushing the processing boundaries. Conclusion - you clearly upped the contrast giving an artistic and beautiful result but there is more to it than that I suspect. Aaahhh - just read Will's comment and your reply - very helpful indeed.
Gorgeous work but may not appeal to the purists!
Best wishes, Ann
emka (64182) 2013-11-05 11:44
Hi Mike, fantastic shot! it has something from HDR, but on the other hand, this shining trees look like from a painting. Amazing shot, first we see this zigzag road and then it probably continues farther, between the mountains. Such making shots leaning out of the car window when driving could be dangerous, I suppose. When we scroll down, we see different pictures. I like most the lower part with this silvery car.
Going home - and where the home is? I tried to guess from your photos and thought it could be Liverpool. You were there in different times. I ask because I will be in Liverpool in the end of November.
warm regrads Malgo
carlo62 (19485) 2013-11-06 15:35
mi sono perso un po' dei tuoi lavori, questo di sicuro è il migliore, l'atmosfera è molto particolare e il tuo lavoro in pp è di grande effetto.
dta (56746) 2013-11-07 7:05
Hello Michael ,
This is a stunning picture , especially for the composition(curves of the road , cars , landscape) the effect of te light and the rain .
Very well done .
macjake (45588) 2013-11-07 13:05
and you're so right about it looking like HDR, maybe thats why I like it so much! haha
the best part of the photo in my opinion is how the light is striking the pavement, and its glistening against the greens and browns.
well, i guess leaving the meeting a bit early allowed you to get this shot! haha
trevormoffiet (1358) 2013-11-08 3:43
I love the composition with the different levels of light from foreground to background and the road fading away into the distance. I particularly like the subtle play of light shining through the grey rain and lighting up the hill behind that row of dark trees in the distance. Your post processing is perfect. The overall image exhibits a satisfying feel of balance.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6142)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-27
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/22, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-31 4:33
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