Hi guys, took this image last summer during my trip to French Polynesia. I was in Rangiroa, one of the main islands of the Archipelago and the shooting location was about 30 minutes navigation to the other side of the mainland, the place is called Reef Island.
GEAR AND TECHNIQUES
The location is pretty wild and rough, windy and inhabited. The little tree was standing on the rocky shore. The contrast between the land and sky was beautiful.
The shot is one of many handheld shots I took at different heights. My gear consisted of my trustfully Nikon D810 (for a review click here) equipped with Nikkor 14-24mm (for a review of this great lens click here).
The use of the wide-angle lens created the converging effect of the clouds.
The composition is based on the little green tree as central part of the image.
POST PRODUCTION TWEAKS
Few little changes to the images were needed, in particular:
1) increased the contrast in the sky using a gradient filter in Camera Raw
2) +10 on the temperature command
3) High Pass Filter at 3.5
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Sigma 150-600mm Sport
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Tripod
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 Pro Head