This week we have trained our cameras to the skies in our 52 week Photography Challenge.
The rules are simple: Interpret the theme using digital photography on any device. Only minimal editing allowed.
Capture the never-ending changes in our skies.
This challenge is for everyone! All you have to do is look up.
As you know clouds are simply water that is vaporised and condensed to form clouds. It is only when there are different light effects from the sun and weather that we can use a photographer's eye to capture the sometimes dramatic or subtle effects.
- The highest clouds in the atmosphere are cirrocumulus, cirrus, and cirrostratus. Cumulonimbus clouds can also grow to be very high.
- Mid-level clouds include altocumulus and altostratus.
- The lowest clouds in the atmosphere are stratus, cumulus, and stratocumulus. https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/clouds/cloud-types
Clouds are a great way to add an extra dimension to your landscape shots. They can add interest to backgrounds and even strengthen compositions.
Since clouds are water, sometimes it can be difficult to actually focus. Choose a part of the cloud or an edge that has an element of contrast to make it easier for your camera to focus.
A polarising filter is a great accessory in this context because they block certain light waves from entering the lens. The result is brighter whites and deeper blue skies.
As clouds are usually moving quite fast, long exposures or slow shutter speeds will blur the detail. Where possible, use a tripod and shoot faster shutter speeds to capture the sharp detail of the cloud structure.
Depending on the available light you may want to consider adjusting your ISO to compensate for the faster shutter speeds required.
Think about how the light is changing and the effect it has on your cloud. Sometimes its worth waiting for the sun to set a little lower to create a great shot.
The best thing about shooting clouds is that you will NEVER see the same image twice.
- All weather conditions are fair game.
- Be patient and wait to see how the light changes
- Use a tripod when possible
- Use a fast shutter speed especially if there is wind and cloud movement.
- Use bracketing or exposure compensation to provide more choice between your shots.
How will you make the most of your skies?
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