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Afternoon Storm

Monsoon rolls in...mid afternoon in Bangkok, as viewed from my bedroom window.

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Afternoon Storm

Monsoon rolls in...mid afternoon in Bangkok, as viewed from my bedroom window.

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  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jul 2008, 00:13
Amazing scenery, looks like the end of the world cometh smile Nice capture.
Ray: Thanks, Fotografa.
I enjoy observing the approach of afternoon monsoonal storms...impressive skies, strange lighting, sometimes wonderful lightning and thunder...then the driving rain that beats against the windows, and refreshes the balcony plants.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 29 Jul 2008, 01:26
Wow thats one dramatic sky.
Ray: Thanks, Vintage.
Sometimes there is a good lightning show as far I have been very unhappy with my capture of the lightning, and am too embarrassed to display it on SC.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 29 Jul 2008, 03:32
Zeus should poke through the clouds any minute now. What have you done to wake up his wrath, Ray?
How many balconies do you have, Ray? Every time you post it's a different view on Bangkok.
Ray: Sous...the Junior Chef at the footpath restaurant? He seemed a bit upset when I scowled after trying the chili-based sauce he prepared for the boiled chicken...I have been expecting him to show up somewhere and demand his revenge for the loss-of-face I caused him to suffer!

My apartment has 4 balconies, but 3 are only service areas for the air-con compressors, and I would need a safety harness if I was to use them as vantage points for camera work.

The tower, in which my apartment is situated, is an octagonal tube, and each of the 8 apartments on a floor gets a piece of two aspects...I see different parts of the city from living-room and bed-room windows.

This picture was shot, not from a balcony, but from the large window in my has a different aspect from the living-room balcony, where most of my city-scapes originate.

Thanks for your comment, VZ.
Absolutely breathtaking Ray!

What is the post treatment to accentuate such a dramatic effect?
Ray: Thanks, Remi.

Not a lot of PP required, as Mother Monsoon is a very capable Artiste:
1. cropped a little for pano.
2. resized to get the picture under 1Mb.
3. boosted the contrast a little, mainly to assist the buildings to stand out.
4. probably sharpened a touch to compensate for the fuzziness that creeps in with resizing.
  • The ample bosom of Mother Nature
  • 29 Jul 2008, 05:30
It's the opening scene from the remake from 'WAR OF THE WORLDS'.....

Any second now the lightning will commence and the pods will rise from the ground!!

Spectacular, Ray smile
Ray: Thanks, Paul.
Now that you mention it, I can see the similarity to the opening scenes of that excellent movie.
That look scary! What a fantastic shot.
Ray: Thanks, Pat.
The sky over Bangkok presents me with many excellent photo-opportunities, and I often have a wonderful view from my apartment.
  • Ginnie
  • back in Amsterdam
  • 29 Jul 2008, 08:59
Everything about this image is MY KIND of image, Ray, including your border. But I think you probably already know that!! It's a Likey for me!
Ray: I feel exceptionally flattered by your kind remarks, Ginnie.
Actually, I quite like this shot as well. [grin]
Oh yes I like this! That is some sky!
Ray: Thanks, Bill.
Your comments remind me of the quote from the kid's book about the spider and the pig (Charlotte's web).... "...some pig!"
Ray: You are too kind, Dr.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Jul 2008, 21:48
what a dramatic sky, I've never seen anything like it. It looks like a movie scene from Batman, great shot Ray. mal
Ray: Thanks, mal. "Dramatic" is often a good descriptor for the sky over Bangkok.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 30 Jul 2008, 02:07
I am jealous
Ray: Thank you, Brian...I interpret this comment as a compliment.
Bangkok skies are often quite spectacular, and I am fortunate to have an excellent viewing platform for evening shows.

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