Countless Clouds

© Michael Umbreit

Countless Clouds

Uploaded: January 05, 2009 20:18:14


The Morton Arboretum
Lisle - Illinois - USA

Comments welcome and appreciated!

Exif: F Number: 16, ExposureTime: 4819/100000 seconds, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


William C. Raco level-classic January 05, 2009

Very dramatic sky with great color, exposure and details
Excellent work, Mike #1062548

Angela E. Wright January 05, 2009

wow - you get the feeling that the clouds are very low. it's beautiful! - looks like a little work with the Topaz labs? #6987472

mark grandoni January 05, 2009

Another great capture Mike!!! #6987514

Sherran Andersen level-classic January 05, 2009

Beautiful capture Mike. Sherran #6987553

Barbara E. Gould January 05, 2009

Great Colors! Beautiful picture. #6987562

ROLAN NARMAN January 05, 2009

Magnificent capture Mike! Everything is perfect about this image! Excellent work as usual my friend! #6987576

Allen Hughes January 05, 2009

Simply OUTSTANDING, Mike. #6987617

Renee Doyle January 05, 2009

Magnificent capture Mike!! #6987719

Jennifer L. Alder January 06, 2009

Yes! I love the title here. Perfect.
And... well, WOW- Gorgeous light, depth, colour... pretty much everything. Awesome work, Mike :) #6987892

Bunny Snow January 06, 2009

Another magnificient capture, Mike. Did you use graduated reduced density filters for this image? If so, which ones did you use? #6987969

Brett Dolsen January 06, 2009

Beautifull landscape and awesome sky Mike!!Brett #6987993

Joseph R. Ombrello January 06, 2009

Great shot, Mike. I love the clouds! #6988183

Michelle Alton January 06, 2009

Wonderful landscape with the amazing winter cloud cover. #6988203

John Benway January 06, 2009

Amazing sky, color and reflections Mike.
Beautifully done.
John #6988227

Troy Gallagher January 06, 2009

Incredible image Mike, love the sky, colors, and reflection.

Troy #6988376

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe January 06, 2009

Very Beautifully composed and captured Mike! Jeff #6988633

Michael Umbreit January 06, 2009

Wow! Thanks for all of the comments!

I'll try to address the questions.

The only filter I had on the camera lens was a UV filter. I need to spend some money on filters but the good quality 77mm ones are more than I want to spend right now.

Yes, Topaz Adjust was used on this image, but so was Photomatix. I was hoping to do a true HDR image from 3 shots but I ended up only doing a pseudo HDR image. The clouds were moving so fast that the 3 images just would not line up correctly. So I put the image through Photomatix and then Topaz Adjust for just a little more "pop".

Hope that helps!


PS - I hope to do some commenting later this evening. #6988810

Ron McEwan January 06, 2009

Stunning image here Mike, ice, water, reflection, clouds and color. All this makes up for a beautiful photo, well done Mike. #6989160

Eivor Kuchta January 06, 2009

They are all so beautiful, your shots from this place in the morning! #6990749

Michael Umbreit January 06, 2009

Ron/Eivor - Thanks so much! - Mike #6991919

Patti Coblentz January 06, 2009

So wonderful that a talented photographer such as yourself was there to capture this beauty...this image is absolutely stunning, Mike!
Patti #6992470

Leslie McLain level-classic January 07, 2009

Amazing sky. Beautiful. #6994033

Vicki L. Filippin January 07, 2009

Absolutely stunning, Mike. Yet another "keeper" from your Arboretum shoots. Keep 'em coming! #6995640

Teri Klinger January 07, 2009

gorgeous! ditto what everyone else said! #6998005

Michael Umbreit January 07, 2009

Patricia/Leslie/Vicki/Teri - Thank You all very much! - Mike #6998025

Susan M. Hembree January 07, 2009

Another HDR beauty, Mike! Just love all the colors and the interesting cloud formations. #6998081

Les Rhoades level-classic January 07, 2009

love that sky! #6998543

Michael Umbreit January 08, 2009

Susan/Les - Thanks to each of you! - Mike #6999632

Jeana Clark January 08, 2009

Stunning Work Mike!!!
It's been a while since
I've been to your gallery..
Sorry Ive missed So Many wonderful
images!!! Fantastic images!!!
This one is awesome!!!
I feel as though I'm right there!!

~J~ #7000054

Susie Peek-Swint January 08, 2009

Stunning scene Mike ~ great colour and effect! #7002747

Michael Umbreit January 09, 2009

Jeana/Susie - Thanks!! - Mike #7005233

Nick Lagos January 14, 2009

Looks great Mike...congrats #7027702

Michael Umbreit January 14, 2009

Nick - Thanks! - Mike #7031291

Terry L. Ellis level-classic January 18, 2009

Totally magical, Mike! Gorgeous! I really enjoy your work! #7049339

Michael Umbreit January 19, 2009

Terry - Thanks so much!! - Mike #7050632

Garth D. Beatty level-classic January 27, 2009

Great sky shot !! #7096120

Kara L. Hendricks January 17, 2011

Another OUTSTANDING beauty Mike!!

Maybe another winner? #9168851

Michael Umbreit January 17, 2011

Thanks! I am taking your advice and resubmitting several images this month. :-) Mike #9169049

Luigi Di Serio level-classic February 10, 2011

Amazing... simply amazing! Congrats on your finalist, should win Gold in my books! #9225039

Merna L. Nobile February 10, 2011

Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9225928

Lindley Johnson level-classic February 10, 2011

Stunning sky, beautiful setting, wonderful work - congratulations on your finalist, Mike! #9227351

Tammy Espino February 10, 2011

Congrats on your finalist!! :) #9227509

Patti Coblentz February 10, 2011

Just gorgeous, Mike...congratulations on your finalist! #9228014

Barbara E. Gould February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your finalist! #9228209

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.


Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 10, 2011


UB. #9229895

Michael S. Baker February 10, 2011

Stunning shot, Mike! Congrats! #9230048

Stefania Barbier level-classic February 10, 2011

superb... huge congrats! #9230107

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Congrats Mike on your Outstanding Finalist! Jeff #9230743

Irene Colling level-classic February 11, 2011

Amazing HDR Mike. Beautiful color and detail.

Congratulations on your fine Finalsit photo. #9232216

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 11, 2011

Awesome finalist! Congratulations Mikw....

jo ann c. #9232614

Michael Umbreit February 11, 2011

Thanks so much!! - Mike #9233359

Katherine Kuhn February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your win -- amazing capture, especially that sky! #9233581

Renee Doyle February 11, 2011

Beautiful work Mike!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner! #9233637

Barbara E. Gould February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your win! #9233820

Jean E. Hildebrant February 11, 2011

Beautiful scene and composition, Mike! Congrat's again!! #9233828

Nancy (Peaches) Harker February 11, 2011




Michael S. Baker February 11, 2011

Congrats again, Mike. Some people collect coins, some collect cars. You seem to collect winning images! Nice job! #9234006

Rona L. Schwarz February 11, 2011

Absolutely stunning, Mike! I don't think I've ever seen such fantastic clouds - the whole image positively glows! So how appropriate to see it with GOLD! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this outstanding Gold winner! #9234045

Michele Peterson level-classic February 11, 2011

Congratulations Mike!! This is an amazing image, so perfect with the lighting and the colors!! #9234146

Bojan Bencic level-classic February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Mike. Fantastic image. #9234247

Stefania Barbier level-classic February 11, 2011

spectacular winner... congratulations!!! #9234267

Debra R. Harder February 11, 2011

Huge congratulations, Mike, on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER! Deb #9234300

Patti Coblentz February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Mike! Fantastic image. #9234308

Michelle Alton February 12, 2011

This is a Beautiful image, Mike. Congratulations on your very winning month! #9234487

Leslie McLain level-classic February 12, 2011

Congrats on a stunning winner, Mike. #9234798

Lindley Johnson level-classic February 12, 2011

Congratulations on your outstanding winner, Mike. #9234895

Melissa G. Meiselman February 12, 2011

Huge congrats, Mike on this stunning winner!! #9234976

Jessica L. Amplo-Atkinson February 12, 2011

Gorgeous Mike, congrats on your winner! #9235371

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 12, 2011

A magnificent and eye-catching scene!
Congratulations, Mike, on a beautiful winner!
~♥~lisa #9235443

Mitch Spence level-classic February 12, 2011

Wonderful, Mike. A winner all the way. #9235472

Claudia Kuhn level-classic February 12, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful winner, Mike! #9235480

Patrick Rouzes level-classic February 12, 2011

Congratulations on theis well-deserved finalist, Mike! WTG! #9235571

Michael Umbreit February 12, 2011

Thanks so much! I decided to resubmit some images in January and it paid off!! :-) Mike #9235601

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic February 12, 2011

Beautiful image, great job - Congratulations!! #9235738

Richard B. Hallick February 12, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful gold medalist! #9235767

Emile Abbott level-classic February 12, 2011

Congrats Mike on a Gold winner. #9235863

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna February 12, 2011

WTG on your fabulous winner, Mike! :-) k #9235914

Karen Celella February 12, 2011

Congratulations on your excellent winner, Mike! #9236121

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 12, 2011

Big congratulations, Mike!! #9236524

Rolando Rosito February 12, 2011

A beauty Mike, congratulations on your win! #9236739

Phyllis H. Burchett February 12, 2011

Congrats on this stunning winner Mike! #9236845

Katarina Mansson February 13, 2011

It´s a beauty Mike - big congrats on your winner! #9237234

Christine Czernin level-classic February 13, 2011

Congratulations on your fantastic gold win, Mike. #9238048

Jeana Clark February 13, 2011

Congratulations on your stunning Winner Mike!!!! #9238254

Laura E. Swan level-classic February 13, 2011



-Laura #9238660

Mark Seiter level-classic February 14, 2011

congratulations on your winner Mike.....awesome shot #9239750

Michael Umbreit February 14, 2011

Thanks for all of the very kind comments!! - Mike #9241065

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 17, 2011

Beautiful, CONGRATZ on your Second Place Winner, Mike!!!

UB. #9247484

Datha Y. Thompson February 18, 2011

Takes my breath away!!!

Michael Umbreit February 22, 2011

UB and Datha - Thanks again! - Mike #9256494

Cathy M. Britcliffe March 01, 2011

Gorgeous photo, Mike! Congratulations!

Cathy :) #9268144

Michael Umbreit March 02, 2011

Cathy - Thank You! - Mike #9270537

Bill Houghton March 11, 2011

Mike, this is such a great shot. Outstanding capture. Congratulations on your win. Have a great weekend, Bill #9285582

Michael Umbreit March 13, 2011

Bill - Thanks so much!! - Mike #9288603

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