It’s winter where I am and we’ve had quite a few cloudy sky days. It’s gotten me thinking of all the photographs I can make under cloudy skies. This week’s challenge is to:
Photograph Under Cloudy Skies
I don’t usually think much of going out to photograph on a cloudy day, but these days can sometimes be the most rewarding. Also, sometimes a bit cold in winter so wrap up warm!
High sun emphasizes harsh shadows, but clouds diffuse this light. If you’re looking to do a portrait or macro photography than clouds can be your friends. Even in the middle of the day at high noon when the light it at its harshest, a cloud can help cut off some of the light.
For those landscape photographers out there, clouds can be the centerpiece of a photo. Rather than staying inside in a cloudy day see if those clouds can be featured.
Try a long exposure to blur a few clouds or search out those stormy skies and something to serve as an interesting foreground, like a tree or barn. The clouds add texture this photo wouldn’t be quite so interesting with blank blue skies as a backdrop.
If you like staring at the skies, go out and have a look as the random clouds pass by. There maybe abstract forms perfect for photography. If this sounds like it would put a strain on your neck, than look for a puddle or some ice and focus on the cloud reflections instead. I’ve posted photos from this series before but this was a great day for cloud reflections.
My favorite is when clouds descend to make fog. Everything I’ve photographed before looks completely different in the fog.
I sometimes get stuck in the winter months loathe to go out in the cold and cloudy weather. I spend my time under a blanket reliving my past photo outings – and if I’m smart I’m doing all those tasks like keywording that I’ve put off all summer. Instead head out for a quick look at the clouds this wee looks to see if they’re doing anything interesting.
Instead head out for a quick look at the clouds this week to see if they’re doing anything interesting.