Always Look Up.
I seem to have developed a bit of an obsession with cloud photography, although I’m not really sure how it happened. I think it may have started when I began noticing the variety of colors that sometimes are reflected off the clouds during sunset. The end result is that I now spend a good deal of my time outdoors looking up at the sky.
Much of what we see in our environment is relatively static, with the exception of the sky. Every time you look up, you’ll see something different. A brief moment in time and a composition that will never again appear the same way.
The clouds that drift across Texas often seem more dramatic than those you see in other places. I’m not sure why that is, or if it’s possible to verify. I did some quick research to find out if I’m correct in that assessment, but couldn’t really find anything apart from an interesting article on cloud seeding research in Texas.
My cloud photography efforts so far have been very spur-of-the-moment. We’re often driving when I begin noticing what’s happening up above. These are the times I’m so grateful for my iPhone! It often seems better qualified to handle difficult lighting conditions than my DSLR, albeit without the same image quality.
Whether photographers or not, we should all spend more time looking up. It’s a reminder of the world around us and our own place in it.