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Registered: February 2009
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The Tatra hills in Kenya behind a localised cloudburst.
BTW. It's not a tilt, it's a slope.
· Date: Tue November 19, 2013 · Views: 438 ·
Keywords: Tatra hills, Kenya, Tsavo east,, safari, sunset
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: 28-300mm @ 28mm, 1/180 @ f8, ISO 200, - 1.0 ev
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Safari
State / County / Area Image Taken: Tsavo East
Country Image Taken
Processing Software Applications Used
NX2, CS5

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Wed November 20, 2013 12:07am

Stunning shot, Vic! The horizon seems a bit off-kilter on the left. Looks like it might slide off. Smile Otherwise, perfect!

Registered: December 2009
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Wed November 20, 2013 12:07am

A striking combination of the cloudburst and the sunset... nothing impedes the view as one looks across the African plains. I quite like the color and definition of the clouds and the contrast between those clouds and the surrounding sky which serves to enhance the clouds. A sunset to remember forever!


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Wed November 20, 2013 10:43am

Errm, that is called a slope. Smile
The problem where gentle slopes are involved is they are often assumed to be tilted while a more distinct slope is accepted as such.
I have wondered before whether to just go with the flow and follow the lie of the land when the slope is gentle and without definite verticals. Here (about 3 years ago) I used a built-in tripod level and a separate 2 way level on the camera because I was bracketing, but as I've begun to shed gear to lighten my load I mostly don't use a tripod now. With newer camera technology I can use high ISO and stabilisation and better dynamic range for everything except night time long exposures. When I travel I take a lightweight camera system and a lightweight Travel Angel tripod just for long exposures.

Registered: January 2010
Posts: 445
Wed November 20, 2013 12:55pm

The lighting of the cloud from underneath gives a warm and beautiful light.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Wed November 20, 2013 3:04pm

Vic, Hi:

For me the best of this composition is the depth, I like how the image takes ones eye deep into the atmosphere and colors within the image.

I appreciate your discussion about "slope". It is a problem I have had to deal with on occasion, I do understand about water needing to be level - but - I also, believe slope can be a part within an image without horizon being off level.
Thanks, for your input on this issue.

Professionally composed and presented.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Thu November 21, 2013 5:07pm

A camera is pure magic in your hands. Love the slope - so unique a perspective and that back lighting of the clouds is candy for the eyes. This is truly a place you could call Big Sky Country. Maybe I'll crawl into your suitcase next time you go there.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Fri November 22, 2013 8:04pm

We have skies like that in Virginia; my son has a view like this, only well pruned, from his house. The picture I took, 'The Zen garden" made me think of it.
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,856
Sun November 24, 2013 8:40pm

I always wanted to visit Africa so I find your safari photos most interesting Vic. A brilliant sunset, nice foreground detail and well cropped,

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