Clouds and texture

Clouds and texture

After photographing a gymnastics meet between Service High School and East High School over at South High School – don’t ask me how that happens – I came out to find the evening sun beginning to peek under the cloud ceiling.  The rolling, pillowy texture of the cloud cover created a perfect setting for a cascade of light and shadow, allowing for the contrast of warm and cool tones represented in the pink/orange and blue.  While I had brought only my Nikon D300 and my Nikon 70-200 lens for the gymnastics shoot, I reached for the assortment of spare gear I always kept in my trunk; namely, a tripod.  I aimed high to emphasize the sky, but to also crop out the clutter in the foreground; I took the photos in the parking lot of the school.  Since I did not have a shutter cable release, I used the self-timer of the camera to reduce camera movement for longer exposures.  After determining the optimum exposure, I set the exposure manually and shot off six images, which I later merged in Photoshop to create the final result.

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