Critique Shooting through some smoke

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I decided to take a drive up Mount Lemmon just to get one more run in on the car before it goes and I figured I'd do some shooting as well. Turns out there were some crazy cloud formations up there what with the wild fires to the north. The smoke was mixing with the clouds leading to really interesting skies and a bizarre, dim, orange sun. I managed a few shots, but it was tough to capture in the end.

#1: This is really what the sun looked like up there. You can kind of see a little bit of the smoke clearly among the clouds.
171719523.3Woa6p3q.Smoky_View.jpg
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#2: Another look at the same crazy sky
171719524.7g9tX3Ml.Veiled_Sun.jpg
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#3: Here's a shot using a panchromatic conversion for one of my bodies. you can see the smoke layer drifting through the clouds.
171719519.o3v1HDgR.Mirror_World.jpg
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#4: Here's a detail of an old, dead, juniper tree
171721612.9mlvmQxQ.Wooden_Helix_BW.jpg
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As always, comments/criticisms are greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Dave
 

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Nice set of images! I like the first 2, with the second appealing to me a bit more due to the simpler composition and the directional light. I think the last image might be a bit stronger with about 1/4 - 1/5 cropped off the top.
 
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Looks like #2 is a favorite (I think I like it best as an example of the smoke effect too). Here are a few more from the day:

#5: Another closeup of the juniper tree, this time a focus stack
171719517.rdnx8M6I.In_the_Fold.jpg
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#6: Deep IR of the clouds
171719522.ZyIqpSsp.Sky_Watchers.jpg
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#7: Another IR shot
171719520.aGEXjflf.Mountain_Wisps.jpg
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