It’s said that ‘Every cloud has its silver lining’ and the saying is supposedly attributed to John Milton the famous poet. I’m not so sure about the silver lining bit in clouds, but I do find cloud formations fascinating and they often feature in my landscape photography. I don’t generally photograph clouds as subjects on their own, as I tend use them as a kind of accompaniment, to provide a balance or foil that supports the overall scene, so it’s unlikely that you’ll find photographs of nothing but clouds in my posts. Mind you, if I ever saw something truly remarkable then naturally I’d hope to be able to get some photographs.
Of course sometimes the clouds do make a statement of their very own and clearly become the main subject. It can sometimes be the shapes of the clouds and other times it can be the colours that provide the dominant effects that make you stop and take note, as well as take photographs. And sometimes the results are best represented in B&W, so that the shapes are isolated and enhanced to the maximum. These situations arise much less frequently than one would expect, so when they do, it’s a joy to have a camera on hand.
At other times, the clouds become a more subtle, but important, background to enhance and isolate the main subject, to make it stand out from anything else. The clouds can be simply a white blanket that obscures the unnecessary, or almost a hand that forces you to look down upon the scene.
I’m sure that everyone, at some time, has looked into the sky and marvelled at the clouds, even visualised animals, objects, scenes etc in the shapes made by the clouds. I can’t say that I’ve ever really noticed animals and the like in cloud formations, but I have seen some interesting shapes from time to time. Sadly, I haven’t always had a camera at hand.
One could look continuously to the skies for an endless stream of effects and scenes, and never have to watch a repeat. There are never any repeats, just new stories emerging every minute. Were I to have a more open view from our veranda, I think I could capture a year round story of drama and delight.
Update: We had a very strange day today where the temperatures were in the mid-30s, with no noted change expected all day; however, in the early afternoon, thunder was audible and kept up for hours. Later came rain, yet the forecasts were still quoting fine weather. Nonetheless, some interesting cloud formations were evident before everything went completely grey.