So, long before I even knew what RAW meant I was intrigued by dramatic skies in photographs. The other day, as many Vancouverites know, the sun came back and cast its countenance upon the glory that is a rain forest in sub-zero weather: nothing quite measures the awe and beauty of snow covered mountains. Lucky for me I have access to our building's third floor roof. Promptly got out there, zoomed as far as I could go an snapped away. Was very happy with a few (just very exciting to get that opportunity).
Back in Adobe Camera Raw, some tweaks and I had a photo I was excited about... if only I could deal a bit with the clouds in the sky. I don't know why, but today I began to understand the histogram that the Curves adjustment uses. Dark adjustments and light adjustments. After ACR, flipped to photoshop and quick masked the sky with a gradient. Curves later (probably a bit much, but it's fun) and we have a dramatic sky. :)
Feb 15, 2012: Thanks Photo Friday for giving this image a noteworthy for the "Tall" challenge!
Update: I came across a better composition of the same scene this evening - so I processed that one and reposted (in case anyone is thinking "hey - that looks a bit different." :)