Storm Warning – Daily Photo (2nd Novemeber 2012)

Storm Warning

Two men head out from Dartmouth in a small boat. There is barely any light in the calm sheltered river mouth as a huge storm rolls in. Well that’s what I was trying to achieve here and I think I made a fairly convincing effort. I didn’t convert to black and white straight away though, first of all I darkened selected areas and removed highlights from the land on either side. Then I converted to black and white and applied a high contrast filter created a while back to save on tweaking individual levels. Then I masked out the land on either side and boosted the highlights whilst dropping the mid and shadow tones in the sea and clouds. And finally I added lots of grain to make it look like it was taken in much worse lighting conditions than it was.

And here is the original so you can see where I started:

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