It started off with a general pale yellow glowing of the sky and it was this that grabbed my attention. So I took my camera out into the front yard and started taking photos of different parts of the sky. Whilst (I love using this word!) the sky as a whole was beautiful, colourful, and varied, I chose to take photos of smaller segments. I often find that the big picture looks wonderful when you're looking at it, but it doesn't work well as a photo. And the reason for that is that I find myself looking at lots of different parts of the sky and then aggregating these pieces to give me the full picture. With a photo, that's a lot harder to do. Especially if you have power lines, roof lines, and trees "messing" things up.
I took over 40 images, which I finally pared down to four. Here's a sample of the photos I took (not the ones I kept). Even though the sky was fascinating, most of the photos didn't translate what I saw into something that works when seen in isolation.
But I like playing around with my photos nowadays to see what different settings do to them. So I pushed the blacks, increased contrast, added more saturation (see my previous post Photo Editing). I nearly kept this photo, but felt that the "dragon" was too obvious and would stop people from seeing this as an image of wonderful clouds.
Given the terrible events that have affected this region (Asia-Pacific) in the last few months - floods in Australia, destructive earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan - I felt that these images were reflective of the devastation visited on our planet.
|Earth Wars 2, Blacktown|
But I can't leave you in such a depressing mood, so here's a more traditional view of sunset clouds, also taken at the same time.
|Evening storm clouds, Blacktown|