As photographers we often talk about light.,,the magic hour…mood. Some folks get up before dawn specifically to capture special moments created by light. Sometimes we are out and about with our cameras during mid-day and we forget that we can also have a lot of fun in bright sun.
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I was out today capturing a few images under mixed weather conditions. We had some heavy rains, quickly followed by bright patches of sun. This created quite interesting skies with low, heavy clouds and light, wispy clouds up higher. It occurred to me that many times we forget to allow the sky to be a hero in our images on bright, sunny days. So, I thought I would share a few, quick photographs in this short article.
I love how clouds can give the sky its own unique texture. It can help add interest to mid-day images.
Large, sweeping shapes in the sky have always appealed to me. Perhaps that comes from being born on the Canadian prairies.
I like how storm clouds look after they have passed by and the sun lights them up, revealing all kinds of shades and shapes.
Combining similar oval shapes or ‘puffiness’ in the sky and in trees can help integrate the two realms.
Combinations of light wisps of clouds with more solid looking ones can create an interesting mix of textures. I used lawn mower tracks in the grass of the park as leading lines for the image above.
I’m certainly glad that I grabbed one of my Nikon 1 J5’s and a couple of lenses today when I noticed the interesting clouds. It made for quite a pleasant afternoon.
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