Photography and Sky Awareness

May 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

“More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.”

 ~ Cecil Beaton (1904 – 1980), photographer, painter, and designer

 

Several years ago, I read someone’s opinion that we would all be happier if we took more notice of the sky.  I thought about that briefly and it made sense.  The notion stuck in my memory somewhere, but I soon dismissed it from consciousness, and went about my busy way as most of us do … only taking note of the sky if it threatens to do something inconvenient to my day.

Recently I have retired from my “main” career, and can now live at a more leisurely pace.  I can stop and not only smell the roses, but practice a general mindfulness and appreciation for the natural world around me.  Time is no longer a demanding master and constant reminder that my to-do list is not done.  The passage of the day is a more gentle flow, and at the end of many days, I spend some quiet time on my patio reading, or just listening to the birds and gazing at the sky.  I find that sky watching does indeed make me happy … and I’m doubly happy to be able to capture some of those moments with my camera.

The images above and below were shot from my backyard at dusk, on days when the sky was especially beautiful.  In the photo above, the clouds were a mix of light and dark, slow and fast moving, and the sky was alive with an amazing rosy glow.  In the photo below, the sky was a symphony of blues and grays, more subtle, but no less lovely for its monochrome palette.

I hope you enjoy the photos and can find some time to look up and enjoy the sky.  I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment.  And as always, I wish you happy shooting and a satisfying photographic journey!

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), essayist, lecturer, and poet

 


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