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8 November 2021

Last Friday the horizon was the stage for a dramatic cloud show. You had to keep an eye out for the shifts in shape and color because the color was often blocked by the clouds bunching up.

Dramatic Horizon. Nikon D300 with 18-200mm Nikkor at 36mm (54mm equivalent), f8, 1/250 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Here we managed to see a little of both the gold sunset and the blue sky while still capturing the volume of the cloud shapes.

You just have to record scenes like this in Raw mode so you can salvage the highlight detail in the clouds and massage as much detail in the otherwise silhouetted landscape at the bottom of the frame as you want.

But you'll also want to cut through the deadening atmospherics with a little dehazing. That returned this image to approximately what we saw out of the window as the gnocchi were boiling.

The sauce was ready to go. Some mushrooms cooked according to Marcella Hazan's tricky recipe with some browned sausage and calamata olives in a tomato sauce that, when the gnocchi were added, resembled nothing less than our dramatic sunset.

But by then we were eating by candlelight again.

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