Cee’s black & White Photo Challenge this week has the topic clouds. This is an interesting topic, because one of the things that makes cloud pictures spectacular is color – especially sunsets. I tried and rejected several photos because they just didn’t have appeal without the color. Others, however, look even more dramatic in black & white! So here’s what I chose.
I’ll start with clouds seen from above (through an airplane window).
I got some dramatic sunset photos in black & white when I looked for strong contrasts between the clouds and the sky.
The variety of the shapes of the clouds makes this an interesting photo in black & white.
Sometimes, what attracts me to take photos of clouds is the variety of shapes. It can be especially dramatic in the wide open spaces on the prairies of North Dakota…
…or a sunburst over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
More subtle effects over the pond on the campus of our community.
In this photo, the clouds are reflected in the rippled surface of the water.
Sometimes, instead of a prairie, a dramatic landscape – such as majestic mountains – enhances the photo, offering a dramatic contrast between land and sky.
The official title of the following song is Both Sides Now. But this is a pretty rendition with ethereal moving clouds. Although the song was written by Joni Mitchell, who sings it here, it was first recorded by Judy Collins, which was the first version of it I heard.
A Canadian Coast Guard rescue helicopter in flight during daylight approached our Alaska Cruise ship, where a man had to be airlifted after a heart attack on board.
Over the ocean on our way home from Israel: looking out from the plane in flight at the sunlight on the ocean below. This flight was from Frankfurt to Chicago, and I took this photo to show all the ice breaking up in the North Atlantic. I’m not sure exactly how far north we were, but the blocks of ice floating on the water reminded me of the breakup of the glaciers around Greenland, a sign of climate change!