Love Those Clouds
I love watching clouds. For me, there is something relaxing about watching clouds of all types. Now that I am back in Illinois with its flat land, watching clouds is easy. Just go to the edge of town and look across the farmland or prairie. In Illinois, my favorite types of clouds to watch when the weather is nice are Cumulus clouds and Stratocumulus, and finally, Orographic clouds.
When I lived in Colorado and Wyoming, I never tired of photographing Lenticular clouds and Mammatus clouds. I am not a meteorologist, so I do not know why these types of clouds seem to be much more prevalent in the western states compared to the midwestern states.
With this love of clouds, I now find myself taking little ten second time lapse videos of clouds for my personal enjoyment. Doing so is relaxing for me. I never tire of looking at my little time lapse cloud videos. Here is my latest time lapse video. The location is Evergreen Lake, just north of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Three hundred photos post processed in Lightroom. I created the time lapse video in Photoshop at thirty frames per second.. The camera was the Nikon Z7ii. Camera settings were: Shutter Speed; 1/60 sec, F-stop; F/11, ISO; 64. The lens used was Nikon’s Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S and its focal length was 38mm. When uploading video it was degraded. It became darker. Sorry about that. It is actually a 4K video before uploading.
Regardless if you are a pro or an amateur, if you have the best photo equipment that you can buy or you are using a phone camera, photography should be fun. Enjoy shooting for yourself and don’t worry about what others think. When doing that, there is no such thing as a poor photo or video. If you enjoy the photo or video, then it is special.
Some random, selected photos featuring clouds.
Yes I love photographing clouds. Clouds for a landscape photographer are a must.
Enjoy the world around you. – CLG