Cloud Appreciation

Clouds have a massive impact on the atmosphere of many of my images. Whether they  light cirrus clouds or thick cumulus, a cloudy day is always the perfect time for me to head out with the camera.

One of the trickiest parts of getting a cloud photograph is that often, clouds will emit a large variance of light. From  deep dark greys of a storm cloud,  the edges are often bright white, especially if the sun is shining behind the cloud.  I always carry filters to minimise this.

I use a  graduated neutral density filter. This helps expose the clouds well without overdoing the highlights. It will also help in situations with a bright sky and darker background.   To bring out the fine detail within the clouds I also use a polarising filter. This will help with the contrast within the clouds.  Click images for larger.

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