Storms A Comin'

© Kalena Randall

Storms A Comin'

Uploaded: May 21, 2013


Another stormy day in Texas. This one happened to miss us.

Nikon D7000,18-200mm, 1/80 sec at f4, 31 mm, ISO 100, LR5 and Silver Ex Pro 2.


Arthur Bohlmann May 21, 2013

I picked up on the mood as soon as I seen your image. Really great mood and an excellent job of editing. #1529141

Elaine Hessler May 21, 2013

The storm clouds look ominous. I don't know much about Silver Ex Pro-what does this do and would you mind posting the original to compare?

Those clouds look like they have a life of their own-I like the contrast of them against the treeline. Very nice job. #10702121

Dale Hardin May 21, 2013

Very active sky. We don't get those that often here.

I echo Elaines request. Would like to see the original to get an idea of what you are doing with Silver Ex Pro. #10702196

Kalena Randall May 21, 2013

Here's the original. We couldn't believe the cloud formation we were getting. This doesn't normally happen here either, Dale. It was the first night of the nasty weather that has been hitting Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Please keep the folks in Oklahoma in your prayers. My husband is on his way up there for his job to help. #10702221

Susan Williams level-classic May 21, 2013

Kalena, I love the color version. What a great capture. #10702332

Dale Hardin May 21, 2013

Thanks for posting the original Kalena. It's lovely and makes a stronger statement I think. It's my favorite of the two. #10702373

Rita K. Connell level-classic May 21, 2013

I have to agree the color version does make for a strong image for me not that the b/w isn't good. but for me personally I am not the biggest fan of b/w I'm usually pulled to what I natural see, and I like color. #10702430

Kalena Randall May 22, 2013

Thanks, everyone! I like both versions just because of the composition. I couldn't believe the cloud formation we got! Thank goodness the dry line is now last us. It took several days for this session of storms to go through.

Jeff E Jensen May 22, 2013

Personally, I prefer the B&W, though the color version is nice as well. #10702950

Michael Kelly level-deluxe May 22, 2013

Well I am not the worlds biggest fan of B&W images, but I have to agree that this one is outstanding. I do like the color version too but the B&W is a winner in my book. The mood it sets is simply wonderful. #10703032

Kalena Randall May 22, 2013

Thank you, Michael and Jeff!

Stephen Shoff May 22, 2013

Great picture, Kalena. The silhouetted foreground is well laid out and the drama in the clouds is wonderful. Besides, I am a much bigger fan of B&W images than Mike -- especially for pictures that convey mood.

My opinion is the the B&W is much more interesting. It brings out the texture and contours in the clouds much better than the color version. I don't know if you used a preset or applied additional adjustments in structure, micro-contrast or the color filters to accomplish that, or if Silver Efex did that for you and you just got the benefit of a preset.

That's important because I think that is what is missing in the color version. If you know what that is, then you might be able to get the same benefit from Color Efex, HDR Efex, or Viveza modules.


Peter W. Marks May 23, 2013

Put my vote down for the B&W too. It is hard to explain, but so often it seems when one is shown a B&W together with the color version of an image, then the color one tends to appear more as a pretty picture whilst the B&W makes me think more deeply about the image. If the object and purpose of an image is "Color" as in a sunset or a flower then yes the choice is certainly color. But here the storm is the object and purpose of the image and B&W lets us feel the approaching threat.
Very nicely done Kalena. On the night of the Oklahoma disaster the storm passed just to the west of us and took out a couple of houses and a bar a few miles north of Edwardsville. #10703916

Kalena Randall May 23, 2013

Peter, I'm glad you are okay! Oklahoma keeps getting hammered with storms. I'm just west of Denton, TX. Thank you for your kind words in my photo. I was very surprised at the intensity of the storm clouds. Haven't seen anything like that in many years! #10703993

David Resnikoff level-deluxe May 23, 2013


Just wow.

David R #10704225

Beth Spencer May 24, 2013

Amazing! I love them both but think the black and white conveys the mood better!!! #10704758

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