2011 Advent Calendar

Day 12: Clouds

12 : Clouds

June 19, 2011

I got a phone call at about 8:30PM to let me know there was a rather "dramitic sky" out there and that I should get out and take some pictures. I didn't feel like driving, so I just walked over to the park near our house. Once there, I stood on the toboggan hill and started shooting.

At first, I focused on the western sky. The sun was beginning to set and was ducking in and out of a set of clouds. The way it was shining through the clouds was setting up some interesting images.

Then, I turned around and took some shots of a huge wall of clouds to the east. The only thing I really remember about these shots was that the clouds were huge, and that there were two different layers: one right above the houses, one on top of that stretching high.

I didn't notice the 'face' in the clouds until later, when I started playing with the adjusmtents in the image to get more contrast and colour. I certainly don't recall seeing it as I was taking the picture.

As I was finishing, there was a woman on the toboggan hill walking her dog. She stopped to do something on her iPod and tried to get a shot of her silhouetted against the clouds to the east.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a shot that I was happy with—no matter how I cropped or adjusted. However, later I discovered an iPhone shot of the woman taken just before she made it to the edge of the hill. I put off posting this image for a few days, because I couldn't decide which one was better.

The first shots, looking west.

A closer view of the clouds to the west.

This is the shot of the woman with the iPod. As much as I tried, I couldn't get it to work how I wanted.

This is the iPhone shot that I really like. The woman is just coming over the hill on the right. I think it's the combination of her, the tree and the look of the clouds from the Hipstamatic lens and film.