Smoke Signals


There was this “plume” of clouds in the sky that reminded me of the smoke signals I remember seeing in old Western movies, except that it was more contiguous than the separate puffs that I remember from the movies.

I was trying to get an average exposure, but no matter what I did that day the birds in the boat just “glowed”, the intensity of the afternoon sun I guess was just too much for my camera lens/sensor.

I only looked back at this image today and decided to process it through anyway 🙂


Canon EOS 60D  |  Sigma 10-20mm EX Lens (@20mm, 1/125s, ISO100)


Click on the image to see it in the Black and White Gallery, along with many other of my Black and White images.


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3 thoughts on “Smoke Signals

  1. An average exposure is exactly the wrong thing for a scene like this. It is quite hard for most cameras to deal with small, highlight or deep shadow areas where the rest of the scene is mostly midtone (the sea and sky) especially if you are using matrix metering. This is where you have to watch the histogram and if you want to keep the highlights or shadows, make sure to over or underexpose to keep the spike from falling off the ends of the histogram.

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