This is one of those photos that I may be revisiting a lot, but as it stands I think it’s one the best I’ve done in quite awhile. Again, I was challenged by getting the exposure right to bring out the cloud’s details. I also wanted to have a decent depth of field, but the sun was low in the sky and there was a really stiff wind, so there was no chance of closing the aperture and lengthening the shutter speed. One of the things I still have difficulty predicting is what I can expect from depth of field at a given aperture taking the distance of the subject into account (somewhere I have a book that explains this, but I need to hunt it down and review it). In this case it worked out very well.
I did a fair amount of post processing on this image to create a more significant contrast between the color of the ground and the sky. I also worked a lot to bring out the detail of an enormously interesting cloud formation. I may have over-sharpened it a bit but I felt the detail was important. And the color of the top of the cloud is very different depending on which of my two monitors I’m looking at it on. Blue tint in one monitor, purple in another. Yet another reason why I really need to get a monitor calibration tool.
I think there is still a lot of tweaking that can be done with this, but I love how it looks now.