I was always fascinated by clouds, they've always seemed so lively and temperamental to me. Ever since I was a kid really - maybe it was my mother, a keen meteorologist, pointing them out to me all the time.
When I first got involved with black and white photography one of the things I immediately tried to shoot was landscapes. Who hasn't seen those striking black and white images of nature, impecably transferring an ominous intimacy? That's what I was trying to shoot, and failed. I was quick to see what was wrong with my pictures. In almost all of them, there was a major element of the composition "ruining" the photograph - the sky.
The sky can be an awesome feature in almost any colour landscape photograph. Load up on some Velvia slide, spend some time editing to get your colours right and WHAM! that blue sky can make the most boring of photos look awesome. Switch to the black and white domain, that sky can very easily transform into the most boring, flat and mundane expansion of ...
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