I returned from my fall workshop blitz (five workshops in five weeks) on Tuesday with the best intentions of immediately processing my images and reviving my blog. But I've been a little under the weather, and tomorrow I'm back to Yosemite, so my new fall images will need to wait for a few more days. In the meantime I've mined the archives for an image to hold you over until then. (A few weeks ago I posted this image and a poem as a sample from my book, but thought I'd re-post it with a conventional discussion.)
California's weather is routinely dull compared to most of the country--great for regular people but frustrating for photographers. So when I heard there were tornado warnings near my home, I grabbed my camera and headed for the door. (Much to my chagrin) I didn't find a tornado, but I sure found some great skies.
This might be a good time to point out the importance of the sky in a landscape image. If you take a look at my portfolio it should be immediately apparent that an interesting sky is a huge priority for me. When the sky is interesting I emphasize it as much as possible, putting the horizon line (the break between land and sky) in the bottom third of the frame; conversely, when the sky isn't interesting, I minimize it by putting it in the top third of the frame or eliminating it entirely. I doubt you'll find a single image with more than 1/3 sky that doesn't have something interesting going on there (either clouds, color, the moon, and/or stars). You may also notice that exaggerating this top-third/bottom-third "rule" by putting the horizon line even closer to the top or bottom of the frame can create a quite dramatic image.
So don't be daunted by wild weather--bundle up and go have fun.
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