Corkscrew Clouds over Smacks Bayou Snell Isle HDR

It is hard to beat Florida's flatness for producing big sky photographs right from your back yard.

It seems every time I take Kiki out for an evening walk in our neighborhood, the sky and sunset are always fairly dramatic.  Tonight was no exception.  And almost always, by the time I get back from walking her the best light and clouds are already gone.  I noticed the corkscrew clouds (bottom center of image) right away while walking Kiki.  I cannot say I have ever seen that particular formation before.  When I first saw them they were large and more pronounced.  When I finally had a chance to make a photograph of them, they had drifted further away and their curliness had become less defined.  Still, I was glad to be able to catch a bit of orange in the horizon before the fading sunlight all disappeared.

How I made this image:

  • Nikon D300 with Tamron XR Di II 17-50mm lens tripod mounted
  • f/11  ISO 200  white balance "sunny"
  • 9-bracket jpg HDR image processed in Photomatix Pro 3
  • Color correction in Nik Color Efex Pro 3
  • Noise reduction in Nik Dfine 2
  • Sharpening in Photoshop CS4 using unsharp mask