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Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Cotton Candy Morning

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To tell you why I am so attracted to a sky filled with interesting clouds would take longer here than we have time to spend; but suffice it to say that I am keenly aware of their presence, no matter whatever else may be on-going in the visual field. Sometimes they are there from the moment I arrive at a location; but often they form before my eyes as air currents of different temperatures and relative humidities collide, in this instance above Cataloochee Divide in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The mixing of those currents can produce skies filled with amazement, so that even as much as I wanted to show some of the early light on the far slopes and ridges, I knew that the story was about the clouds, and I placed my horizon accordingly. It was a wide-angle story in technical terms with a focal length of 31mm. At an aperture of f/22 and ISO 100 I could achieve a shutter speed of 0.4 seconds and create a medium exposure. This shutter speed was fast enough to stop the motion of the clouds so that they were sufficiently well-defined to suit my purposes. They seemed to form a reversed question mark that I found visually appealing.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 06 December 2014 09:40 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all for joining me for this conversation. Judy, your laconic comment is very gratifying and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you and Bob tomorrow. Chuck, it was great to see you this week. I am amazed at how far along in your rehab you have come! You are so right on about the value of taking the time to just look up. Brother David Steindl-Rast once did a TED Talk about "gratitude," and one of the things he specifically mentioned was being grateful for looking up and seeing the clouds. These are the little memories that drive our creativity as we go forward. Nancy T., I have been paying close attention to the descriptions of Images you have offered over the past three years, and I really appreciate the depth that your words increasingly convey. I believe that when we allow ourselves to be as open as possible about our perceptions and feelings for an image, we serve not only the creator of the image but, more importantly, our own creativity. As always, thank you. I think you have a good point about these clouds being either the main attraction, or, if not, merely a distraction; and flexibility is always an important part of the equation. Dorsey, as always, your observations are appreciated. I agree with you about our tendency to ignore daytime clouds and also about the compelling-ness of these clouds even if it were an hour - or two - from the moment this image was taken. One of the pluses of this composition was that I was facing north, which added color depth to the blue of the sky and allowed the white of the clouds to pop more. The most difficult decision was the amount of mountain to place below the horizon, and I was satisfied with the balance that these proportions created in the final result. Thank you all, again; I have really enjoyed this discussion.

  • Comment Link Dorsey Davis Friday, 05 December 2014 23:24 posted by Dorsey Davis

    I sometimes wonder why we are so mesmerized by sunset and sunrise skies but almost ignore daytime skies. I know this is an early morning shot but am convinced it would have been equally appealing taken an hour later. The decision to include a small slice of the landscape to orient the viewer but just as important it gives us a real sense of scale to measure the vastness of the sky by. Nice work again, my friend.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Wednesday, 03 December 2014 18:10 posted by Nancy Tripp

    If those clouds could talk! You made the right decision to make the sky the star here as the clouds would have been a distraction unless you eliminated them completely and they are much too interestinging to do that. It does look like a celebration of some kind with cotton candy or a parade with confetti. I am glad you chose the sky :-) A good lesson on being flexible. Sometimes when you go out, your results do not resemble what you had in mind, but you still found a winner. Thanks.

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Sunday, 30 November 2014 09:21 posted by Chuck Coburn

    How right you are,Don, so often we forget to look up. I mean really look. We are so intent on what is before us that what's above is an afterthought. Thank you for reminding us of this. Beautiful image and composition, and the reverse question mark...!

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Sunday, 30 November 2014 09:16 posted by Chuck Coburn

    How right you are,Don, so often we fail to look up. I mean, really look.We get so intent on what is before us that what is above is an afterthought. What a wonderful composition, and, yes, the reverse question mark.....! Thanks again for all you do and the wonderful images. All the time learning.

  • Comment Link Judy Sunday, 30 November 2014 09:02 posted by Judy

    Stunning!

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