When we lived in Phoenix I just don’t recall those gorgeous sunsets and amazing skies. Surely we had them, but with the backdrop of asphalt and buildings, it just wasn’t the same. A forest, craggy trees, moldy rocks, and deep canyons make for great foregrounds for those cool skies.
Storms bring entire new meaning up north where we get rains from July to September (if we’re lucky) that bring rain and stormy clouds, fog, lightening, and fantastic character. Bring ’em on!
My friend, Maureen, recently asked me which is better – gray skies or blue.
Hmmm. As in all things… it depends.
I love the dark clouds of an oncoming storm. It adds such great interest to a photo. Gray clouds are an entire different matter. They can create a washed out dull photo. In those situations it may be best to just cut the sky out of the photo altogether and enjoy the absence of a gray washed out sky.
Blue sky on the other hand can be very harsh and lend no interst to the sky… no drama or interest.
It’s as they always say … dawn & dusk are the best.
Those times yield the best low lighting on your subject casting a nice soft glow.
Weather can yield the best photos. Dark, bloomy clouds add depth. But if it’s just gray and overcast it can create a bad photo day. Watch for the weather. Embrace it, and take advantage of the weather… it often adds more than less.