This image was taken from a playing field very near where I live. The houses on the horizon are the houses of our suburban estate. This amazing sky was just outside my window one day. I saw it and immediately grabbed my camera and coat and headed outside. A short walk later and I was in an open space where I could see lots of sky. I look a lot of shots but among them were a series of 14 overlapping shots that covered almost 180 degrees horizontally and almost 90 degrees vertically. I shot using a 17-40 lens set wide at the 17mm end.
I really don't know what caused these colours in the sky and Ive boosted them quite a bit but as you'll see from the video the colours were very visible in the clouds even before my edits. And I think spotting these moments is a big part of being a photographer. Learning to look and see photographs is probably the most difficult lesson of all and I think we all learn it for our entire career. Better to snap a bad shot and throw it away than to overthink the situation and not snap a good one.
This shot is a perfect example of my mantra - shoot what you see. Don't waste time trying to shoot badly lit subjects or trying to get interesting angles on subjects that you can't get a good position on. Look for the light. Look at where there are interesting shapes, colours and textures and shoot what you CAN see.
During this tutorial I cover some new areas and some old ones. To begin with I show you the separate RAW files that were used to create the image. I then process all 14 in the Adobe RAW plugin. In tutorial 2 I process them all out as JPGs using the Image Processor and stitch them using AutoStitch. I then show you the steps I took inside photoshop adding contrast and colour to the final image.
As usual I talk pretty fast in order to keep file sizes down and I'm settling at last on MOV files encoded using H264. This seems to be something that plays well on MacOS, Windows and Linux given the right players - Quicktime is all you need. The recording software is also now registered and my recording quality is much higher.