what has a CPL got to do with this?
cpl isn't going to help much here.
your subject is backlit, you cannot get cloud detail without blowing it out, or you will have tower in silhouette.. think of how the light works, and it will be easier.
you can always PS it
btw there is a reflection, taken through a glass window?
Anyway, you can take it in RAW (not always the magic bullet though), doesn't add on to the equipment of travel per se. Just need a bit of PP at the end.
if the light is not right, how do you expect it to work? blue skies are not the best subject for everything. think of a graveyard with blue happy skies.. and i think you'll see why it doesn't quite work..
raw versus jpg is just a matter of format.
you might as well say that a master chef will use a wooden plate to serve his food because he has confidence in the strength of his cooking, and a beginner chef will use an ornate plate.. but fact is fact, no one cares for anything save the cooking.
Last edited by ahbian; 5th April 2009 at 10:26 PM.
I usually just play around with the levels, just pick 1 Black and 1 White(usually this is bit is blown out) spot and toy around with the sliders a bit and you should even out the 11-18% grey.
The below image was achieved just by levels and curve adjustments, I know it doesn't show clouds, but the aircraft's whites are properly done and the sky turned a nice shade of blue from a dull grey.