11 Feb 15. I hadn't planned on sharing another B&W this week, but the results I was seeing on my graphics box were quite different from what I'm seeing on this box, at least with respect to the color versions, although not so with the B&W, so that's what I'm sharing. Traveling across Puget Sound one evening leaving Edmonds and crossing over to Kingston, I found it interesting how much more dramatic the clouds were with and without my glasses. I'm not talking about sharpness, that would be a given, but a difference that might best be compared to taking a photo with and without a polarizer on the lens. The detail in the clouds with and without the glasses, which are NOT polarized, was very obvious. The photos I captured were much more like what my naked eye was seeing, so I thought I'd attempt to bring back to the image what my glasses were providing for me. Around these parts, when one can see faint beams of light streaming from a cloud down into the water, they are termed sun dogs and the story is that they are drawing up water. As to the accuracy of this claim I have no idea, but generally it isn't long before we get liquid sunshine falling to the ground. In playing with this image I was able to detect some rather faint hints of sun dogs which I didn't see at the time of taking the photo(s). You look to see if you can identify them. They do not show up in the color versions.
I took the base image and cropped off an identical amount from the top and bottom to get the composition I wanted. Next I performed a detail enhancement to bring out the texture in the clouds, but only for the clouds as they are the subject of this story. Then I performed a little dodging and burning to bring the water to a more balanced state. The sun was setting and casting some very harsh light on portions of the water's surface that I wanted to even out some, but not entirely. Then for this version I converted it to B&W and finished it off with a noise reduction layer to smooth out some graininess I introduced into the clouds as I was enhancing them. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1600 sec @ f /11.