20 March 2011


We had a stunning sunset - no, that's not quite true - we had a wonderfully varied sunset last Sunday. There were lots of different cloud layers and the sun was lighting them up differently as it sunk to the horizon. This created a constant shifting in colour and light.

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.
Fire-breathing Dragon
With images that don't have a clearly obvious subject matter, I'll often rotate the image to see if the change in orientation brings out the colours and lines more strongly. When I rotated some of the images they ceased being clouds and looked like the earth viewed from outer space with fire raining down on it (hence the title of this post).
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
You can see the other two images that form this trilogy by clicking on the one above, or by visiting the Art gallery.

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
There's a couple of other new photos that I've added and you can see all of them by visiting the Recent gallery.


  1. Fantastic capture of what is a never to be repeated spectacle of God's artistry. I love them. Truly outstanding!! D'ANAH

  2. Love the title! What you an do with photos is amazing!To see a photo and interpret it the way you do is very creatives. I'd like to see these in a gallery. They are so timely.

  3. You never cease to amaze me, with colour and beautiful scenes of our creator!! Peter