Monday, September 22, 2014

Trying To Photograph The Sky

The new camera takes beautiful zoomed-in closeups of faraway creatures, but learning how to photograph the sky has been a bit challenging. There have been a few opportunities of splendid sky-scapes, and I've been out there pressing this and that to get the pics to look like the actual subject. Not sure I've accomplished my goal, but this is what we've seen.








11 comments:

  1. Those are some dramatic skies. It looks like you've got it right.

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  2. Beautiful. That irridescence is something we hardly ever see here - or maybe I just don't notice it.

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  3. Nothing works better than doing! The loveliest bag of tricks doesn't help if you don't go out and click the shutter...and it doesn't appear you need tricks at all!

    alan

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  4. Mark-- I was out this morning photographing some spectacular iridescence. I wish I had waited one more day to do this post.

    kenju-- Iridescence happens everywhere. I've learned to know where and when to look. It's a phenomenon that occurs very close to the sun, so people with sensitive eyes hardly ever look that way. The trick is to hide the sun behind something (like a building) then look at the clouds right next to it. It doesn't always happen, but when it does, it's there.

    alan-- The camera is a little bit trickier than my last two, but it does pretty much capture what I am seeing. There are a couple of things I would like to learn how to do, but I haven't found any clear directions…yet.

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  5. I'm sure that we don't get iridescence in our clouds like you do in California. You've got me cued into the phenomenon now, so I'm looking frequently and just never see it.

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  6. Scott-- I'm not sure why you're not seeing iridescent clouds in PA. They should be there. But you might have more dramatic skies and more opportunities in Colorado.

    NCmountainwoman-- Thank you!

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  7. Thanks for the tip on seeing iridescent clouds. I will definitely try that.
    Looks like you have mostly conquered your new camera. There is stuff on mine I still don't have a clue about.

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  8. Arkansas Patti-- I really have no idea about 99% of the stuff the camera can do. I put the dial on "P" which is supposed to mean programmable, but I don't program it. I just click and hope for the best. I hope you get to see some iridescent clouds. They do occur everywhere, but the conditions have to be right. Cumulous clouds, blue skies and sun. Good luck, I can't wait to see what you see!

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  9. You're certainly off to a good start with this new camera. I won't be bored if you go ahead and publish the day after pictures, too.

    Thanks to your photographs and explanations I'm shameless about standing in grocery store parking lot, gazing into the sky while blocking the sun with my fist. Surely will come to be known as "that crazy woman who stares into the sun." Hope so.

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  10. Minnie-- I may publish those pics tomorrow (Wednesday). I'm so glad that you like looking up at the sky. Every town needs a "crazy woman who stares into the sun." It would be wonderful if everyone looked up every now and then. I think I've already driven our neighbors crazy, but they may someday see something they'll never forget.

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