Thursday, 15 August 2013

Three kinds of sky

With a bit of luck I will be out of the "big black boot" which has been wrapped around my damaged ankle for the last month.  After that freedom of a sort beckons.

While I have been a little less than mobile I have not been taking very many pictures, so I have been looking at, deleting and tagging old images.

During this time I started thinking about the kinds of pictures I take - and as I have posted more than a few skies over the last couple of years I started looking at these pictures.

Without being the basis of some kind of photographic monograph I think I can see at a number of different styles of picture in my collection.

1. Pretty skies.


This may not be typical of these types of picture because it contains people.  But the basic idea here is it is the sky itself is the interest.

2. Mood skies


I think the main point of these images is that the sky may not be the central part of the image.  In this case the sky is almost uniform, but the presence of the rainbow and figure (hello, Sal!) and the general tone combine to form the picture.

3.  Skies where the sky is absent or not really the point.


This image works (assuming it does) because of the colour and shape of the chimney, I think the sky is just the colour that makes the chimney interesting.

I think I have been indoors too much!

You can find more skies at Sky Watch Friday.  Enjoy the pictures.

29 comments:

Carole M. said...

still you are achieving heaps with sorting through your library of photographs Stewart; that's being productive when you're laid low. Neat skies here.

Timur said...

Hi Stewart...

the first photo is absolut brilliant and my favorite !

But the other ones are great too.

Greetings

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart Yes it must have ben awful for you not to be out and about but you used your time wiely sorting out your photos. These skies are great but my favorite is the first one.

stiefbeen said...

Wat een heerlijke serie met een prachtige uitleg heel interresant.

Gregory Urbano said...

hopefully you will be out and about soon!

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Stewart.
The first picture is really sublime.

Babs Helferich said...

beautiful photos. Great captured.
regards Babs

TexWisGirl said...

sure hope you can get out of your boot soon. i like your skies. :)

sylvia kirkwood said...

Awesome skies, Stewart, particularly the first one!! And I always love a rainbow. I do hope your ankle will heal completely and soon!!

Montanagirl said...

Well, you do great work with your camera. There are all types of skies, and you use them beautifully to compose your photos!

Fun60 said...

Don't suppose you found the gold at the end of the rainbow or maybe you did. Great photos.

DIMI said...

Beautiful skies photos Stewart!!
Great shots!!
Dimi...

Andrea said...

These are great and I like your analysis. Yes, you have been in too long when you start categorizing your pictures, but it is true ... they each represent a different style. Did you know you were so versatile? The first with the "interesting skies" fit Brian King's tip this week perfectly. He said something like having a figure in the foreground helps give it dimension (I am paraphrasing, because my old poop bring doesn't remember detail). And, in fact the smallness of the people in your foreground emphasizes the enormity of the Sunset in all of it's beauty. Anyway ... very interesting Stewart. I enjoyed this :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Karen said...

They are all terrific shots! I like the different moods one can capture is photographing the sky. Glad to hear you are the mend, have fun when the boot comes off...and BE CAREFUL!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Love the rainbow but I mostly LOVE that golden sky...wow that's breathtaking in every way.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We (meaning not me, but the other half of we) have had some experience with that big black boot, so I feel for you (and for your sweetie too, this from my own experience ;>)))). Glad to know you are progressing.

And you've been having fun with past photos and we have enjoyed these posts too ...I always think I'd like to do some sorting of mine in different ways, but you know, there are usually all those new pictures to take. So the good thing from your experience is that you have had time to do that. (But probably just about enough now!)

Jim said...

A variety

eileeninmd said...

I am sure you will be very happy to be rid of that boot. I love your sky choices this week. The first one is my favorite. Have a happy weekend!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I definitely prefer sky #1, Stewart! It's really a beauty.

Andrea said...

They are beautiful Stewart, but even just the few minutes of sunset show variations. I've always said sunsets are like fingerprints, they vary by the minute, by the days and season. They are all beautiful even the typhoon clouds!

ladyfi said...

All three are lovely in their own way.

Hope you get back your mobility soon.

Laura said...

All three so very beautiful Stewart!

Noel Morata said...

i'm drawn to any skies with drama or interesting foreground

Mama Zen said...

That rainbow shot is amazing!

maryaustria said...

Sooo beautiful shots! I would like to be at the first place right now! :)

Pat Tillett said...

I've been going through photos as well. VERY tedious work...

I also like what I call "a cooperatively cloudy sky." A sky that isn't overly cloudy, but just enough to add to the overall scene.

Before you know it, you won't even be limping!

forgetmenot said...

Stewart, These are all amazing photos. Very, very nice work ! Mickie :)

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting selections. the first is just gorgeous and yes the sky is the thing the second is ok and the third is glorious because the sky is so Blue. My opinions. ha! MB

Liz said...

Wonderful images, Stewart!! I'm a lover of the sky... in any form!