Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 22: Chapel of clouds

I'm writing this while attending a paragliding course in the French Pyrenees. Unfortunately the weather is not what one would expect for early June in the Northern hemisphere. Last night we had quite a bit of snow on the mountain peaks. While checking the weather at breakfast this morning, we noticed a 40 degree temperature difference; 5 C at Campan, 45 C at Dubai... So much for global warming!

Tomorrow is our last day in the mountains and looking at the weather forecast, we should still have a reasonable chance, to do a few "Grand Vols" (long flights). 

Meanwhile, I managed to do quite a bit of landscape photography, including shooting some small waterfalls and mountain rivers. The recent rains, really make for very saturated greens.


Chapelle de Roumé, Cieutat
In between rain showers, I made this HDR image of a chapel with very dramatic cloud formations behind it. I believe "Chapel of clouds" is self-explanatory! At times HDR photography makes the sky go very dark, almost black. The actual clouds were however as dark as in the image above.

Image details:
Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 200, F3.2, 3 images with different shutter speeds for HDR
Nik HDR Pro for HDR development

More photography from the last 10 days once back in Dubai, mid June.

Take that lens-cap off!
BJORN

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