I have a theory as to why we as a species seem to be universally attracted to things like clouds, fireworks, water, trees and flowers; that will be the subject of a much longer philosophical elucidation soon, but in the meantime, consider what all of these objects have in common. For today, just enjoy the clouds and their endless variety.
On a more practical note, we had some fantastic weather during the last Prague workshop; personally, I don’t find pure blue skies to be that interesting because they tend to be a bit, well, empty. Clouds, on the other hand, especially the right kind, fill in that potentially dead space quite nicely. And they’re rather easy on the eye, too, which is no bad thing. I freely admit that I have a bit of an obsession with them; it probably has something to do with my penchant for Magritte’s paintings. In any case, due to the quality of light and path of the sun in the tropics (and no doubt the climate, too), I never get to photograph clouds like this unless I’m in more extreme latitudes; it’s got something to do with the way the sun traces a shallow arc at certain times of the year, as opposed to going directly overhead all the time. It also helps that different ambient atmospheric conditions produce very different looking clouds, too. MT
These images were made during the October 2013 Making Outstanding Images Workshop in Prague; I will be holding three more of these in Melbourne, Sydney and London later this year. Click here for more info, and to sign up.
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