Clouds That Stun
Stop and Stare
From looking like dramatic plumes of smoke to dreamy puffs of cotton candy, clouds make amazing subjects… that is, if you wait for them. Much like a child staring up and letting their imagination take over, you can lie down, stare at the sky and just wait for the magic to happen. Especially when caught in the right light, clouds like look like all kinds of funny things as the wind moves them. When you find the perfect formation, shoot away!
Note the Weather
Clouds are categorised into different formations that appear during different weather conditions. Cumulus clouds look like fluffy mountain peaks, while Cumulonimbus clouds resemble an explosion. On the other hand, the Stratus cover the entire sky like a blanket and Cirrus appear as thin wispy strips known as horse tails. Make sure it is the right time of the day for clouds or you may find yourself with a cloudless sky.
Filters Can Help
When shooting a bright sky with clouds and a foreground such as a grassy strip or a water body, it is advisable to use a graduated ND filter. Without the filter, you may be at a risk of overexposing the sky or underexposing the foreground. As a camera’s sensor is unable to deal with the high dynamic range of a scene like this, the graduated ND filter will darken the sky without irrevocably underexposing the foreground.
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Better Photography.Tags: Nature, Clouds, vantage point, Cloud photography, cloud formations, Cumulus, Cumulonimbus, Stratus, Cirrus