July 24, 2013
Have you ever looked for familiar shapes among the clouds to try to identify a dolphin or butterfly, etc? Apparently, lots of people do this. Believe it or not, that has never caught on with me, and I do not know why. When I look into a cloud, I am fixed on details like density and depth perception. The faint wisps fascinate me as much as the thick rows or thunderheads.
Katney gave us today's challenge, which is What's in the clouds? Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac and Lew.
I used a polarizing filter over the lens, and that gave the sky a deeper, darker blue appearance. I had hoped to find a few shapes that I could identify, but I mostly I just saw clouds. That's strange to me, because I DO see faces in lots of things! I can make a facial profile out in leaves, floor tiles... just about anywhere, but that part of my brain shuts off when it comes to clouds.
Do you know Mr. Stay Puft marshmallow man? I only know him from the movie Ghostbusters. I thought I could see a face like his in this cloud, but then I wanted to make sure everyone else saw it, so the final shot has been slightly manipulated to accent the eyes and mouth. I used dodge and burn to draw those features in more clearly, and then retouch to smooth the drawn parts into the cloud.
|For comparison, here's the original picture that I used for the header.|
|The sun in the clouds, bursting through with sunbeams.|
|Would you like some BBQ sauce with them ribs?|
|Night lighting. No tricks... this is the real thing.|
|Lightning at 5:30 PM. Again, this is the real deal, and one of my faves.|
|Doesn't it look like the rainbow is being poured out of the clouds?|