I’ve been intending to load up some cloud images. These were shot over Long Island Sound late one afternoon while traveling on the ferry from New London.
For a change of pace, I’ll talk a little bit about the workflow.
A bit of post-processing was involved here, but in this instance, it involved some “dial restraint”. There are lots of sexy things you can do to a picture in Photoshop, but I decided to avoid most of those today, and in fact, went the other direction.
I wanted a baby blue sky with pastel shades that look like they could float out of the picture. In order to do that, I had to reduce blue and cyan saturation. So I desaturated, maybe about 15%. I then applied a slight increase of yellow and red saturation in the highlights which sweetened up the clouds just a touch. To me, this is something like applying a tiny bit of blush. Another color adjustment involved going into selective color and tweaking blue and cyan ever-so-lightly so that those colors would be a little bit less magenta. I’m not that crazy about blue skies with a magenta bias.
There were a couple more things to do. I could’ve created a stormier sky here, especially if I leaned into the left slider on the levels. A similar thing could’ve been achieved had I selected a polarizing or a graduated ND filter. I took a look at those options but decided to do nothing. The sky had a native gradation which I liked, and so, except for a wee bit of lightening, I left the levels alone. On plenty of other occasions, I’ll want to take advantage of curves, levels and filters because I’m aiming for a different sort of look.
As a final act of non-action, I sharpened nothing here today because my 14mm Panasonic lens delivered a group of clouds that were agreeably diffuse. Photoshop can be like a candy store, but of course it’s not good to eat too much.
More cloudy pictures forecasted.