Even The Clouds Are Straight

A particularly dramatic sky early one recent morning. You expect the chemtrails from overflying aeroplanes to be straight, of course, but on this occasion the clouds seemed to be as well.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines

Under April Skies

I took this photo from outside my front door at dusk one evening back in April this year. The exceptional mackerel sky was too dramatic to ignore.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Doom and gloom

The looming clouds and silhouetted trees bring a sense of menace to this image, which is further heightened by the thorns on the branch of a rose bush that cuts diagonally across the frame.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees

52 Week Photo Challenge: 39 The Elements

This week is about the elements. Fortunately, not the ones that go in the Periodic Table but the more traditional categories – rather more amenable to artistic interpretation.

Arguably, this image  – of a striking cloud formation seen over our house in the gathering dusk – shows three of the five classical elements: Air (obviously), Water because that’s what clouds are made of, and Earth, which is what Brokedown Palace is sitting on (and built from).

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 39 Elements

The wide blue yonder

A stunt aeroplane goes through its aerobatic paces at the annual (but not this year, obviously) Estevol air show at Blond.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Planes

Up in the clouds

‘Anything with an engine’ is Cee’s topic for her Black & White Challenge this week. So here’s a light plane showing its paces at the annual ‘Estevol’ air show near Blond.

This is an image which works much better in monochrome than colour, thanks mainly to the enhanced contrast of the plane with those big clouds.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge 9 April 2020

Portents

Well, if it’s not actually raining, it soon will be….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Clouds

Flight Path

I have to admit that this is a pretty free interpretation of Cee’s Black & White challenge this week of ‘public transport’. However, the image – which is really all about the clouds – does include an aeroplane, which is certainly a form of public transport.

This particular ‘plane is on its final descent into Heathrow Airport in London and is just passing over the railway bridge that crosses the Thames at Barnes.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transport

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

A pretty straightforward response to this week’s challenge subject of ‘Mirror’, but I like the way that (fortuitously) the reflected clouds blend with the actual clouds beyond, while the blue sky between the clouds in the mirror itself reflects the curve of the road.

This mirror is at a particularly awkward junction in the nearby town of Le Dorat, although the road was clear when I took the photograph: just as well, because I was probably standing in the middle of it at the time.

Mirror

And here’s another mirror image, also from Le Dorat and already published in another post, with clouds reflected in one of the metal discs that demarcate parking spaces in the main square:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

One Photo Focus June 2016

The original image for this month’s One Photo Focus was taken by David Croker and is a lovely shot of peaceful serenity; who doesn’t like the combination of sky, water and reflections?

David Croker original

The only problem with this original is that the air of tranquility is jarred somewhat by the electricity pylons running right across the horizon. I realise that it’s possible to remove such intrusions through various photo editing programs,including Photoshop, which I have myself, but it looks like a very painstaking exercise, particularly if (a) you haven’t done it before and (b) when there are not only wires but also the pylons to be erased.

Then I recalled that for a WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge some time ago, with the theme of ‘Dreamy‘, I had used a reflected image to get the dreamlike look that the assignment called for, and I thought it had worked quite well.

Accordingly, I adopted the same principle for this One Photo Focus, to produce this:

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Here’s what I did:

  • Flipped the image horizontally
  • Cropped to remove the sky – and therefore the power pylons and cables. I also wanted to highlight that cloud on the right of the original image, so cropped out the whole of the left half
  • After that, it was simply a matter of adding a little ‘punch’ in Lightroom, and also adjusting colour Luminance to make the green and blue of the reflected boats stand out more.

I’m quite pleased with the dreamy, painting-y effect of this revised version

One Photo Focus June 2016