Your best advice on techniques for photographing the daytime sky

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Got any tips, techniques or links that an aging skyfreak might find useful?

    Cheers, Jock
     
  2. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    Understanding WB and color temperature is very important. That will help you control the color of sunsets.

    With thunderheads or bright clouds, exposing for highlights is a good option. With that you need to figure out how much of the highlights you can recover.

    Learn to make stitched panos handheld. The sky is too dynamic to use tripods.

    Two-man cross-cut saws work best on utility poles.
     
  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    :laugh1:
     
  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Okay, Hikari, you owe me a dime . . . for laundry detergent. I read that line about two-man cross-cut saws, and I did a miracle . . . involving coffee, my nose, and a clean shirt.

    Cheers, Jock
    PS -- I'll know we're making real progress in digital photography when I see an "effects" setting for "power line filter."
     
  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Don't just shoot the sky. Always have some horizon/trees/whatever, to give it context. How you shoot it depends on the time of day. Getting focus on clouds is very difficult if they aren't well defined so sometimes you just have to focus on something else, then lift/shoot.
     
  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Expose for the highlights and if you have landscape markers, particularly close ones, you can flash fill. If they are more distant you can also bracket your exposures for sky, mid ground and then darker ground to get your full dynamic range. As Sue said, landscape markers help to give an image some context.
     
  7. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    Don't use foreground makers and just make the image about the sky.

    big_clouds_again1.
     
  8. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Wow! Nice.
     
  9. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
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  10. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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  11. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Or made the landscape ambiguous.

    fading_light.
     
  12. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    Or use the landscape to expand the sky.

    reflection_1.
     
  13. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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  14. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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  15. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    SDIM0328-b_w.

    SDIM0327-b_w.

    Both of the above shots were shot as metered by the camera with EV -0.7 however there was post processing applied, in particular work on shadows and highlights, mainly the former to recover foreground detail.


    I then gave some thought to using ND graduated filters, all those below were as metered by the camera with EV compensation and ND grads as noted below each image

    SDIM0098-b_w1.
    EV +0.3, ND 0.6

    SDIM0334-b_w.
    EV -0.3, ND 0.6

    SDIM0101-b_w.
    EV -0.3, ND grad 0.6 plus 0.9, the lighting being quite extreme with the sun in shot

    I was happy with the use of an ND grad filter, I think more gentle post processing was required to obtain satisfactory results and I will continue to use such a filter(s) for landscape work. The above shots were tripod mounted apart from the ewe and lamb which was hand held.

    Barrie

    Barrie
     
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  16. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Wow... this one is great, it's almost biblical.
     
  17. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I use CPLs to get a nice blue sky or to enhance contrast around clouds.
     
  18. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    I second the CPL, used at 90 degrees to the incident light.
     
  19. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    What's a CPL?

    Cheers, Jock
     
  20. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Circular Polariser... I think! ;)

    Sent from another Galaxy