I couldn’t call myself a nature lover if I didn’t like cloudscapes & I do even if it does mean having to withstand a soaking when one bursts overhead on occasion. In my opinion a sky without clouds is like beer without foam or fish & chips without vinegar.
If there is one element that shouldn’t be missing in any landscape photograph it has to be a sky with clouds. Clouds add focal points, colour and drama. Sunny pictures with blue skies are unfortunately lacking this drama when no clouds are present. I like to take pictures often with just the clouds in them, I find them fascinating.
Clouds before and after storms are my favourite situations due to the rapid changing light producing some pretty spectacular imagery. Sunny skies with towering Cumulus also make for good pictures as do sunsets with a good covering of widely spread low lying clouds providing some fantastic colours once the sun disappears behind the horizon.
Sitting on top of a mountain watching the clouds move through valleys shrouding the towns and villages below in darkness whilst standing on a sun soaked peak is like being in heaven, it is something that makes me think how small and unimportant we all are compared to the power of nature. It’s a similar experience to flying but with the wind in your hair.
“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”
―Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”