The Vastness – Stuck in Customs

The Vastness

Photos of Clouds

I’ve noticed that photos of JUST clouds are sometimes not so great. Even if it is an amazing sunset – aiming the camera up at only the clouds just doesn’t work so well (generally). I can’t figure out why this is – but maybe you have noticed this too?

I think it must have something to do with having a sense of perspective and scale. Clouds with a horizon are better than clouds without a horizon. This seems to be a fairly arbitrary rule, but it does ring true, so perhaps there is something anthropological happening in that humans need to know the distance and magnitude of upcoming weather.

Daily Photo – The Vastness

I know that photographers generally are especially mindful of things and scenes around them, and I wonder if landscape photographers are especially mindful of clouds.

I look at them like a Native American preparing for a reaping of the maize. I’ve really come to understand and respect a wide variety of cloud patterns, even though there are a few configurations and situations that evade me. I really enjoy being able to predict cloud patterns for the next several hours. I’m not always right, but it is a fun game to play with myself.

These humid, windy skies in Virgin Gorda made for a tumultuous tableau. Everything would change quite quickly, so it was harder to predict several hours away. But I did have a good feeling about this time in particular…

I kept a few of the islands in the bottom of the frame so you could get a sense of perspective to see how huge the clouds actually were.

The Vastness

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-05-10 19:10:23
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias