I’m the first to admit I can easily get lost in taking pictures. Capturing various images is honestly fun. Not to mention, the best way to learn is to practice. A few years ago I became obsessed with shooting cloud photos.
At first I thought something was wrong with me. Why capture clouds?
Then I tinkered with a little post processing and turned images into black and white photos. I was hooked.
Do you remember as a kid you would look up and see the clouds and look for different images in them? Balloons, elephants, lions, a random convertible.
With my head in the clouds, my imagination ran wild. I instantly found creativity. It was something everyone did and gave almost no thought.
It was magical.
Fast forward a few decades and now I point my camera to the sky. Most of the time, I do this when I have nothing better to shoot.
But lately it’s simply to practice. I’m especially focusing (no pun intended) on the tones and contrast between light and dark.
There is a simple and profound power in the movement of clouds. The reflection of light off the various shapes. The deep grays, the gentle swirls and thick parts that look like mountains scraping the edge of the atmosphere.
Clouds And Light
Photography is about light. All photographers from Ansel, to the kid with an iPhone are students of light. Light makes the image.
You feel through light.
I captured the image below almost on a whim. I wasn’t expecting to take any pictures, but once again, nature presented an opportunity.
I stood in my front yard and started snapping away. Now, this wasn’t the smartest capture as what you see is the movement of clouds due to an impending thunderstorm.
But I was quick, I took my shots and ran inside!
Exposure: 1/200 sec.; f13; ISO 100 on my Nikon D3300 with AF-S Nikkor VR II 18-55mm lens.
Usually on a Friday I would post a Creative Weekender, but I wanted to provide some inspiration with a nature shot.
Take advantage of the random opportunities you see. Always have your camera ready and don’t be afraid to try.
If you need some more weekend motivation, you can check out an older Creative Weekender post here.
Have an amazing weekend!
What is your favorite subject to photography?