Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday's Photolife--Clouds

Here's a revisit of a post I did last year. Since most of you weren't following me then, I thought it would be a nice thing to bring back up.


I love photography, as those of you who know me, are already well aware.

The thing with taking pictures is that when the sky is clear and the sun is bright is one of the worst times to take pictures. Shadows are harsh. There is a lot of glare. People are squinting. I'm not saying that you can't get good shots then, but generally it's not ideal.

Some of your best shots happen when the light is coming or going--early or late in the day and, if you're taking nature pictures, when the sky has texture--when there are clouds.

The picture above was taken during a thunderstorm before dawn at the beach last summer. The noise woke me up, and when I went out onto the balcony and saw those clouds, I ran back inside to get my camera. Cha-ching! Clouds rule!


Writing is very much like that. The clouds/trials give texture to our stories. They add drama and beauty. Without them there would be very little to tell. As writers our own trials and stormy times help us write them better for others. They may be awful to go through, but, at least, we can look at the positive side and say they help make us better writers.

Hurray for clouds, eh?

11 comments:

sarahjayne smythe said...

OMG. That second shot is just breath taking in its shading and simplicity. And I love your connections between taking the pictures and writing. Thank you very much for both.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Those photos are absolutely gorgeous. You have a great eye and skill, and, I must say, I envy that view from the garden to the sea. Lovely way to start my day, thanks!

Lady Glamis said...

I just LOVE the dark greens in that first photo. So gorgeous! Now go take some pictures with that huge camera I sent you. :P

Nisa said...

Oh I am so glad you revisited this. I love photography! I'm not good at it, but I love it. These photos are so beautiful!

Yunaleska said...

I love pictures of nature, especially of the sky. Thank you for reposting this.

Alyssa said...

Makes me want to go to the beach. I miss it.

PJ Hoover said...

Okay, I'll second it. Hurray for clouds. They do have those silver linings :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

We were admiring the clouds the other morning. A bit of sun was shining through some really dark storm clouds and it made the houses look kind of eerie but cool. I loved how it made me look at the neighborhood differently.

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Silicon Valley Diva said...

Beautiful! It's tricky to photograph clouds. These photos are superb

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