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The Approaching Storm

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The Approaching Storm
The Approaching Storm
It was a strange day at the coast. I knew I was about to witness a dramatic sunset, but it began to rain. After waiting several minutes with my equipment under my umbrella, the rain stopped. I got several shots from this location. I hope the stormy weather continues. It's the best time to be out shooting. I used a 2 stop Cokin grad ND filter to keep the sky from overexposing.
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Jill Odice
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    This is dramatic! Beautiful shot, I love how the waves seem to be rushing right towards you :-)


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2/17/2006 11:49:13 PM

 
Andrea W. Hedgepeth
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WOW! Gorgeous!


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2/18/2006 12:14:13 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Dennis, great detail, composition, colors and lighting.


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2/18/2006 12:22:38 AM

 
John Matthews
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fantastic shot Dennis, like the rush of the sea, comes right out to you...


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2/18/2006 1:36:54 AM

 
Roger Bernabo
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Very nice Dennis... love the cloud adding strength and drama to your image!


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2/18/2006 1:42:02 AM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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Very dramatic sky and very peaceful and calming image. Beautiful. Kerby


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2/18/2006 1:43:16 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Beautiful dramatic image, Dennis!


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2/18/2006 1:54:57 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Exceptional work Dennis! Jeff


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2/18/2006 4:59:07 AM

 
Karen Slagle
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Super image - I agree that storms are the best time to shoot.


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2/18/2006 6:40:08 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Beautiful coastal scene, great lighting and so dramatic!


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2/18/2006 7:35:06 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Wonderful work, Dennis.


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2/18/2006 6:31:32 PM

 
bob cornelison
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Congrats on this dramatic shot!
~:O)


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3/22/2006 4:45:59 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congrats on your Finalist!


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3/22/2006 10:31:35 PM

 
Stefan G
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Lovely dramatic seascape! Congratulations!


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3/23/2006 10:20:11 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Dennis, congratulations on your Second Place win.


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3/26/2006 9:39:37 PM

 
Life Expressions 
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Congratulations on your win, Dennis!


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3/27/2006 5:52:05 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on your well deserved win Dennis


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3/27/2006 8:30:47 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Dennis!

Cathy :)


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3/27/2006 10:23:40 AM

 
Martin Witt
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Congrats Dennis! Excellent light and color.


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3/27/2006 2:58:43 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congrats on capturing Second Place!


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3/27/2006 4:28:10 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your beautiful win, Dennis!!


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3/27/2006 11:35:03 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Very nice, congratulations!


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3/28/2006 12:15:18 PM

 
Pu Chen  

Gorgeous capture, Dennis! Love those waves! Congratulations!


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3/28/2006 2:31:05 PM

 
Dennis A. Chamberlain
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Many thanks to everyone for the kind comments.


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3/29/2006 11:20:28 AM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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Dennis, Fabulous shot and perfect exposure !! Tell me : 1) for this shot did you take the reading after the filter was inserted or before and 2) did you expose the sky or the foreground ? do you remember the final exposure reading.
For me it will be a dream to take a photo even close to this and very soon I am going to a coastal area in monsoon time, your inputs may help me.


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4/7/2006 1:43:59 AM

 
Dennis A. Chamberlain
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Ujjwal, I always meter a midtone area in the foreground first. Since the sand was just a little lighter than midtone, I think I added 1/2 stop to the meter reading. I then metered the sky (the darker part of the clouds) to find the difference in exposure. I found that the 2 stop grad ND filter was enough to bring the difference within a range where the sensor can handle it. You generally don't want to have more than a two stop difference between sky and foreground. I set the camera to "M" mode (totally manual) and used the meter readings from the foreground, inserted the filter and took the shot. You must set the camera to "M" mode to prevent the settings from changing when you press the shutter. The aperture was f22. I forgot the resulting shutter speed. It was probably about 1/4 second.


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4/7/2006 11:53:59 AM

 
April McPherson
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Congrats! Beautiful picture! Very relaxing.. makes me want to visit the beach so much more!


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6/20/2007 6:54:25 AM

 
Cynthia L. Deters
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Great photo! Wonderful capture!


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9/21/2007 10:04:24 PM

 
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