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Ominous Clouds

Photo taken by Hines, a 35-year-old woman from St. Louis who was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when she was 14-years-old.

About this photo: I took this photograph somewhere off of Interstate 270 in Illinois. It was shortly after I bought the camera I use now and I was driving home and I loved the way the clouds looked… just threatening to storm. I cropped a lot of the original photo out and narrowed it down to what I considered a more interesting composition.  It wasn’t until recently that I decided to use this photo to practice a technique I admire from another fellow blogger, Leanne Cole. I have yet to know exactly how she does what she does to add such drama and interest to her photos, but the end result really appeals to me, so I just decided to take what I already know about Gimp and try to accomplish the effect on my own.  This was just my first attempt, but I am confident that with continued practice I can become the accomplished photographer I aspire to be. As far as how the final photo got it’s look, it was layering and applying different modes to each layer with different opacities, a layer mask and a paintbrush. As for invocation of mood… although it looks dark, the brightness inside is hopeful. 


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5 comments on “Ominous Clouds

  1. jarvisandbeetle
    August 7, 2012

    it is really dramatic – great photo


  2. Lady Deidre
    August 7, 2012

    Awesome photo!
    God Bless you!


  3. Mitch Elder
    August 8, 2012

    This is wonderful.


  4. margarella
    August 8, 2012

    Breathtaking! There is dark and menace but also majesty and power. Words fail me.


  5. Robert Revill
    August 8, 2012

    great drama and atmosphere


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