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  #200 Black and White
Entry 6 of 31
Dark clouds and sun rays over Orleans       ©2018 Thivi
Samsung SM-G930F       6th place, 109 points
1/1474s, f1.7, ISO 40, 26mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Stitching of 3 images with Microsoft ICE 2
B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro 2, profil complete contrast and structure
      Extra Info: Stitched together 3 images.
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May 16, 2018
    Many thanks for the encouraging comments and tips that will help for a better shot.
I have upgraded from the Gx7 to G80 to have a better stabilization but G80 is more bulkier so I don't always have it with me...
So when I saw those sun rays and clouds I was only able to take a smartphone shot (with a Samsung S7). Yes it's true that f1.7 is not very suitable for this kind of shot but I have no idea how to shoot in non-auto mode with the smartphone.

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May 15, 2018
    Lovely panorama, nicely composed, though the detail is a bit soft.

May 15, 2018
    A dramatic sky. Beautifully matched grayscale. Is my favorite.

May 15, 2018
    I love the composition. The tree on the right makes the image as it draws one to the horizon. Great clouds and marvelous tones. In my top 5.

May 15, 2018
    Lovely scene and sky. I wish you had managed to get a person or animal on the path

Old Finn
May 14, 2018
    Good composition, sharpness and the BW tones. In my favorites.

May 14, 2018
    Nice work with the stitching. It has made a lovely panorama. In my tt.

May 13, 2018
    Lovely sun rays. Perhaps a crop with less landscape making a feature of the clouds and sun rays?

May 13, 2018
    Like this very much lots of grey tones, although it seems a bit soft especially in the clouds (possibly a result of resizing for the challenge) high in my top picks.

May 13, 2018
    Great composition, very dramatic sky. Reduced exposure, plus enhancing shadows in post, might help make the light rays stand out more.

May 11, 2018
    Good composition using the road as lead in and placement of the horizon to take advantage of the great clouds which add drama to the sky. Unfortunately the clouds are so contrasty and sharpened that they do not appear smooth and soft as they should. By stitching I assume you mean for creating a more panoramic view. You might better have merged 2 or 3 different exposures for HDR purposes to prevent blown out highlights in sky. I would also suggest f/1.7 isn't optimum for a landscape where you are seeking sharpness and dof.
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