Tuesday Photo Challenge – Clouds

Clouds are for more than just storage

Welcome to the sixth installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This week’s challenge is inspired by a comment made on last week’s TPC, which made me decide to use it now. The challenge is Clouds.

This might sound like a rather straightforward challenge, but, if you have tried to get photos with clouds in them, you have probably noticed that they are not as easy to capture with a camera, as they are seen with the eye.  The reason is that the dynamic range of the eye is much broader than either film or a digital sensor.  Those beautiful fluffy clouds that we all like to admire tend to blow out your camera’s sensor, so that detail is often lost.

One way of getting around this problem is to use HDR, High Dynamic Range, imaging techniques, which are available in a lot of cameras and smartphones.  This allows you to get the cloud and the rest of your subject in a pleasing fashion.

The other part to keep in mind with this challenge is that clouds can really add to good composition, but they can also detract; as such, a photo of just clouds without any other subject may not be as compelling, as it could be with a great subject.  Also, think about lines, and how they work in your image.


For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please use the tag #fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
  • Have fun creating something new!!

I’m looking forward to seeing your creative efforts!

Technical Details

This photo was created with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  It was a series of 5 images with exposure values of -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 EV with respect to the measured ‘correct’ value.  The images were processed using Photomatix Pro.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

23 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Clouds”

  1. Great photo and great theme. My camera has an HDR mode that I have never tried out, maybe I should give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration, I look forward to seeing what’s contributed.

  2. I agree with everything you said about clouds. They can add an extra dimension or texture to a photo, and they can also distract. I love living in a place that has clear blue skies most of the year but it’s not so good for landscape shots!

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