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Clouds: shapes and sizes

I’ve never been happy with the quality of the clouds that I’ve photographed in the past. I took the opportunity of storm clouds over town at lunchtime (and one cloud shot this evening) to practice. Most shots were under-exposed 1 to 2 stops to prevent the bright white parts of the clouds from burning out the cloud detail.

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Clouds over rural landscape
A storm front approaches the town.

Clouds over trees
Dark and ominous …

Clouds over trees 2
… yet white and fluffy.

Clouds over church and trees
The cloud’s underbelly hints of rain…

Clouds over buildings
… yet remains bright and light above.

Clouds at night; street lights
This scene was taken in the fading natural light, and lit by sodium light. The storm has passed. [1/4 sec, F4.5, ISO 1600]

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