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This is the second of the two shots I mentioned yesterday, the one I prefer. What I didn't mention yesterday is that neither of these shots are masked; i.e. I used a single Curve to adjust the contrast across the image as a whole. Normally, to achieve a sky as dramatic as either of these, I would use separate Curves – one for the foreground and one for the sky. On this occasion though the foreground was very well lit and the sky – heavy with rain – was comparatively dark.

As always, I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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comment by rhys at 07:04 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2008

blimey, very, very dramatic, superb result. Were you lying down when you took this?

comment by Ivar at 07:19 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2008

Very cool and dramatic image. Took a while to really get what it was I was seeing, which adds to the image. Great work!

comment by Eugene at 07:57 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2008

Wow, the contrast in this image is amazing. Even more impressive is that post-processing was achieved with a single curves adjustment in Photoshop.

comment by olivier at 11:30 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2008

Really beautyful !

comment by Robert at 11:52 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2008

At first glance, the foreground blur gives the distinct feel of driving past. It looks good.

comment by Deb at 12:47 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

'End of Days'...or the last days of Pompeii. Either way, oppressive and scary. A bubbling mercury sea threatening to spill onto sands softly resonating with fear under an apocalyptic hood of clouds. Could be a visual from an HP Lovecraft novel.

I'm not sure I'd like to own the image, but it's quite magnificent and I'll revisit it often.

comment by jkm at 07:19 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Makes me want to rush over to Blackpool ;-) I like both shots, very different moods. Maybe prefer the parallel lines in the foreground and the detail in the cloud.

comment by Carles (iacobus) at 08:11 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Absolutely perfect, incredible, wonderful, congratulations !!!

comment by Marcello at 08:17 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Sham photo, too much.. why?

comment by Rich at 10:41 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Wow, that's a good one Dave - in agreement with Deb; very apocalyptic!

comment by Rodrigo Campos at 11:20 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Beautiful postprocessing, well done.

comment by Jay at 01:02 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Very nice!!!

comment by Reuben Chircop at 03:42 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

This is most certainly a wonderful shot however I am unsure if its in black and white or just retouched.

comment by Bill at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

I would not know what this photo was about if I did know your past subject matter. Totally alien photo becuase I would be hard press to pick out the waves and sand in this photo.

comment by djn1 at 07:42 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2008

Thanks all.

Marcello: what do you mean, a "sham photo"?

Reuben: it's a toned black and white image.

Bill: yes, this one is a bit confusing.

comment by Chris/Aperture Image at 08:33 AM (GMT) on 17 March, 2008

Very dramatic, wonderful capture.