With the Bonita fire still burning roughly 10 miles west of us, our habit for the last several weeks has been to look upward and outward at the sky on a fairly regular basis. There are, unfortunately, a number of fires burning throughout the western United States, Portugal, and other places around the world, and the smoke from those fires alters the quality of light and particulates in the air. Here on the mesa, we would have one day of smoke and 4% humidity, while another morning, we would have fog, low scud, and 70% humidity. It has been both interesting and disturbing to watch. So when the skies did clear enough to expose thunderheads and other cloud formations, I grabbed my camera to take advantage of it.
Summer skies in the Rocky Mountain west have lots of variety and drama, providing a palette of colors and textures. Here is a shot of some cumulus cloud buildup in the northeast. The top layer of lower cloud fingers are like a curtain staging the thunderheads.
A slightly different shot of the same formation in black and white
To the south, different forces were at work, producing this formation.
until next Monday,
a passion for the image@
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Very beautiful, Daryl. Reading your blog has made me want to, once again, do photography. I took some shots in my burgeoning garden last week. I love to do closeup work- insects, flowers, and the like. I have a patch of milkweed in bloom that were required to 'say' cheese. I bought my Nikon 5300 several months ago, but was afraid to use it, lol. A lot more camera than the Sure Shot I spent years using for my newspaper work. I gave my old Minolta XD11 to Robin, my daughter, and, of course, it's a relic film camera now, probably hidden away in a box somewhere. She is also a photographer, and like you, has an incredible eye for it. When I first began taking photos, I was enamored with the work of Ansel Adams. I will never be an Ansel Adams, but he made me appreciate black and white photos/art. I enjoy your black and white renditions as much as the color. @Earle: I didn't see a polar bear, but I saw a bullfrog and a fish. :) Thanks for brightening my Mondays, Daryl. xoxo
The color ones do look like paintings specifically pastels. They are so soft and glowing. But there's more value contrast in the black and white or maybe that's just me. I'm learning that folks respond more to color which is perplexing if you're more of a black and white shooter.
Does anyone see the polar bear in the first 2 shots besides me? Regardless, they are amazing as always!
Lawrence T. Jones(non-registered)
The first color photo is really a painting, right? It is so lovely and appealing on so many different levels for me.
You've captured our Paradise in that first shot! Magical, mesmerizing photography, Daryl. Thank you for sharing your talent.
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