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September 5, 2010

I really don’t know clouds, at all

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 11:10 am
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Any time I think of clouds, I can’t help but think of “Both Sides Now” by Judy Collins, which is part of the reason for the title of today’s post.  The other reason is I’ve forgotten most of my junior high school science about the classification of clouds.  While I was in Maine, I had the opportunity to photograph some lovely cloudscapes at different times of day with some results of which I am very happy.  I used some different techniques such as turning the camera portrait style, using the exposure compensation control, and for a couple, a polarizing filter that I found in my sister’s camera bag for her old 35mm Canon Rebel.  So, while I can’t tell you what type of clouds these are, I hope you’ll enjoy my Maine cloudscapes.

Apparently August 17th was a great day for clouds for me, as the next 5 pictures were all taken on this day!
Clouds with filter 2

This was taken with the polarizing filter and I thought it really made the blue sky and clouds pop – it seems to give the lower, puffy clouds texture, while giving the higher,  streaky clouds contrast against the sky.  Here’s a shot at the same time, turned portrait style:
Clouds with filter1

A little bit later that same afternoon, I had taken the filter off, and was thinking about a technique called “storytelling” that we had discussed quite a bit over at Shrew’s Daily Shutter’s.  (By the way, Shrew had a photo challenge due on Sept. 1, so look for that post coming soon – I sent her a few shots!)  Storytelling in photos, if I remember correctly, means the picture has a real “beginning, middle and end” or interest in the foreground, midground, and background.  Tell me what you think of this story:
Storytelling  on Hills Beach

Even later that day, we were presented with gorgeous sunset colors with the clouds beautifully lit up:
Sunset on Hills Beach

Sunset at Hills Beach

August 18th was the day I went to visit Walker Point and Blowing Cave  in Kennebunkport.  While I didn’t get any great splashing plumes of water pictures, I was really happy with this cloud and rockscape, with little sailboats at the horizon:
Looking out from Blowing Cave

That evening, I took a walk down Hills Beach Road because we were again presented with gorgeous color, but this time it was golden in hue:
Sunset Hills Beach Rd. 1

This shot presented darker than the actual color was, but I included it because I liked the silhouette of the gull drifting in at the top left of the shot, and to show you the difference when I used the exposure compensation.  This truer representation of the color that evening was with a +1.3 EV:
Sunset on Hills Beach Rd.

This little scene was across the street from the cottage where we stayed.  It is a little harbor-like area where I took one more shot of that golden light and clouds:
Evening over Biddeford Pool

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, From up and down and still somehow, It’s cloud illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds at all….


  1. Beautiful shots! You were treated to some gorgeous skies and I love how you captured them.

    And how fun that you included your feet. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — September 5, 2010 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin! I was sitting in a low to the ground beach chair and noticed I could get all the way from my feet to the sky with a wide view.

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2010 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  2. Well I’ve always been quite the avid fan of clouds (even though I know very little about them), but quite often I’ve been heard to state “What’s the point going anywhere today, with that crystal clear blue sky”… lol… You’ve certainly captured some great shots here…

    Comment by FS Photography — September 5, 2010 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • As much as I like cloud pictures, Brian, you’d never hear those words come out of my mouth! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2010 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  3. What gorgeous sky shots these are. It is hard to pick a favorite!

    Comment by plainmama — September 6, 2010 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

    • Thank you very much! I think one of the pink sunset shots would have to be my favorite if I had to choose. 🙂

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2010 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  4. You captured some gorgeous clouds! I agree with Amy, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I was actually considering doing a (separate) 365 with just cloudscapes…. I may still do that one day.

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 6, 2010 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Michaela. A 365 with clouds only could be difficult couldn’t it? We do get occasionally cloudless days.

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2010 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  5. I love these shots! Hey, someone’s feet crept into the frame of one of your shots! 🙂 Great job.

    Comment by photographyfree4all — September 7, 2010 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, PF4A. Those would be my comfy feet enjoying their time in the sand.

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2010 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  6. Dude, I finally had the time to look over all of your flickr vacation shots. This camera was the best investment you ever made! I swear your photography has improved greatly already and you haven’t had the darn thing very long at all.

    Comment by Renae — September 7, 2010 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Nae! I give an awful lot of credit to the camera itself, and a lot of the rest of the credit to all the great people who comment here and give tips and ideas on their blogs.

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2010 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  7. It’s been a good summer for clouds, period. Don’t know why but they seem so defined over the last few months than I remember seeing them. Either that or I am more aware of them. 🙂 The third one down should be called “Toes” with a link to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB8Nkn3Xjes

    Yeah, I know it is in the tropics but I think it still works. BTW, you should get yourself a circular polarizer filter for yourself. Comes in handy for lots of things.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 8, 2010 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

    • I’d never heard that song Scott – though my vacation was no where adventurous as that of the guy in the video! 😉
      Do you mean I should give my sister’s filter back? I was thinking of forgetting to give it back to her…shhhhhh!

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2010 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  8. Wow – those are some beautiful skies! I agree, that pink sunset is just stunning! I hope you took a moment to take it all in!

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 10, 2010 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Tracy. I kept telling myself, over and over during this vacation, to savor it and take it all in.

      Comment by Karma — September 10, 2010 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  9. I think of that Judy Collins song when I’m cloud-watching, too. Your pictures are breathtaking! How refreshing it must have been to have the time to take in the show at different times of the day. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think it will be the second one – with its striking shade of blue.

    As for naming the types of clouds, this quote makes me feel better when I can’t identify what I’m looking at outside:

    “I held a blue flower in my hand, probably a wild aster, wondering what its name was, and then thought that human names for natural things are superfluous. Nature herself does not name them. The important thing is to know this flower, look at its color until the blueness becomes as real as a keynote of music.” ~ Sally Carrighar

    Comment by Barbara — September 11, 2010 @ 9:01 am | Reply

    • I like that quote, Barbara. It’s true – they are simply human names. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” right?
      Thanks, Barb!

      Comment by Karma — September 12, 2010 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  10. Looking back on your posts and admiring them. Love the cloud shots. I remember: cumulus, stratus, nimbus. Nimbus? Your clouds are very beautiful from “all sides now”!

    Comment by Kathy — September 11, 2010 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  11. J’adore ces photos de nuages ! tellement poétiques et artistiques, surtout celles de fin de journée, the golden ones, avec les silhouettes foncées. Merci pour ces superbes images.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 13, 2010 @ 4:34 am | Reply

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