As a way to break all this 'Painting' spell here is something a bit different that you might want to try. This is Time stacking and , as I can't find out where I've placed my screen capture software, I'll give you a quick run through of the technique.
Tripod, you'll need it, scudding cloudy day, brains switched on, some image processing software that has layers in it.
So the aim is to take a run of images, layer them up in a programme like Photoshop change the blend mode of the layer stack bar the background layer, lay back light a cigarette and bask in your new found creativity.
So, and this is a rough guide because you'll be looking at clouds that will either be whizzing along or gently rolling across the sky, so you may be taking a continuos run of exposures or one every 5 seconds or so, now I'd go for at least 40 exposures to start with and, because this is going to be a big stack of files when opened, I'd set your image quality in the camera to small jpegs, okay shooting over....but....I shot these with a ND110 filter as well, that's just me ... but maybe you'd be better served just doing it 'straight' to start with. Now this is where my way of processing may vary from yours but the idea behind this is to get a stack of images into Photoshop as layers, let the softwre do all the work, so image files uploaded into Lightroom, lens corrections and all you shadow hightlight stuff can be done in one go if you sync all the images as well...now if you right click then a dialogue box pops up, at the top will be Edit-edit in Photoshop and if you scan down the list then there is the option to open images as layers..it's there , take a look, saves so much time so click it , put the kettle on and your images should open up in Photoshop as a layer stack..nice...now click on the top layer and then hold down the shift key and click on the layer just above the background layer...yep, this really is one step away from gobbledygook...now go up to the top and there will be a drop down blending menu that should , at the moment, say normal....time for some magic...change it to lighten....kerching..flatten it..have a swig of tea and remember me in your will
Being the regular reader of all this you may already know that I may be playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order so give it a go, take more exposures, try it with a smoking chimney,crashing waves, take more shots...use an ND filter and drag your exposures..or even an Infra Red filter... but get the basics right and have some fun with it..okay. TFI Friday everyone.
PS..you do all the Lightroom stuff in camera RAW if you have it...okay.
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