Posts Tagged ‘Clouds’

Lenticular Clouds Above Washington

June 4, 2009

“Lenticular Clouds Above Washington”
© Copyright Tim Thompson

Lenticular clouds certainly make stunning photos. And the photo shown above entitled “Lenticular Cloud Above Washington” by Tim Thompson is no exception. It was featured as the Astronomy Picture of the Day for February 3, 2009. Click the photo above to see a larger version. According to the Astronomy Picture of the Day, lenticular clouds are formed when moist air is forced to flow upward around mountain tops.

Tim Thompson’s photo works well for a few reasons. First, the main focus of the photo is clearly on the cloud closest to us, with the mountain as secondary for perspective. How are those two objects emphasized? By keeping the buildings and trees at the very bottom of the photo and by not including large parts of the buildings in the photo. If you include the buildings, then our focus will turn to the buildings as well as the cloud, but you want to keep our focus on the cloud. Also, including less of the buildings in the photos allows you to fit more of the cloud and the mountain in the photo. Learn more about simplifying your photos in the Photobird Daily article “Simplify.

I’ve written before about lenticular clouds in the previous article about the Astronomy Picture of the Day when I wrote about “A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand“. Fortunately, lenticular clouds are not just something from down under; we can appreciate them here in the United States too. In fact, they probably appear all over the world where there’s mountains.

I’ve written before about the Astronomy Picture of the Day and if you like this photo, I think you’ll also like the others listed below. Be sure to click the photos to see larger versions.

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A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand

April 7, 2009

“A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand”
© Copyright Chris Picking

This amazing photo entitled “A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand” was taken by Chris Picking looking southwest over the Tararua Range mountains in North Island, New Zealand. This photo was shown on the Astronomy Picture of the Day on January 21, 2009. Click the photo to see a larger version.

Of course, the cloud shape and appearance is striking, but I also like the blue of the sky and the green of the mountains, which help make the cloud even more spectacular. According to the Astronomy Picture of the Day, several clouds in the photo are stacked into one lenticular cloud, formed from air moving vertically off the mountains.

The cloud reminds me of something a barista might create at the top of a latte.

If you like sunrises, moonrises, clouds, stars, and watching the sky, then you might also like the video below entitled “The Sky In Motion” by Till Credner, shown on the Astronomy Picture of the Day on December 31, 2008.

I’ve written before about the Astronomy Picture of the Day and if you like this photo and this movie, I think you’ll also like the others listed below. Be sure to click the photos to see larger versions.

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“sunset at 38000 feet” by Mack Robison

February 19, 2009

“sunset at 38000 feet”
© Copyright Mack Robison

I like this series of high-altitude sunset photos by Mack Robison, especially the photo shown above. Mack Robison took these photos during his first time flying and he said he couldn’t put his camera down because the sunset was so beautiful. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

A few of Mack Robison’s photos have been selected for the Photobird Photo of the Hour, including “sunset at 38000 feet” shown above. You can see more of Mack Robison’s amazing cloud photos in his Photobird photo album at photobird.com/toolmaker934. Mack Robison won the People’s Choice Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for September 2007 with his “Pets” photo entitled “Little Lassie“.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

You may also discuss your favorite Photobird Photos of the Hour in the Photobird forums.

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In The Clouds

September 5, 2008

“38000 ft”
© Copyright Mack Robison

Mack Robison has a great series of sunset cloud photos that he took during his first time flying. A few of them have been selected for the Photobird Photo of the Hour, including “38000 ft” shown above. You can see more of Mack Robison’s amazing cloud photos in his Photobird photo album at photobird.com/toolmaker934. Mack Robison won the People’s Choice Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for September 2007 with his “Pets” photo entitled “Little Lassie“.

Also, you should know that if you are absolutely fanatical about clouds and photos of clouds, then you are not alone: There is actually a group called the Cloud Appreciation Society that relishes in clouds. Their website is at cloudappreciationsociety.org and includes a photo gallery filled with thousands of — yes, you guessed it — clouds. Not only that, but the clouds are organized by category, such as cirrus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and lenticularis. Need some cufflinks with clouds on them? Yes, they sell those in their cloud store.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

You may also discuss your favorite Photobird Photos of the Hour in the Photobird forums.

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Watching the Clouds Go By

August 8, 2008

“A Morning on Crater Lake”
© Copyright Vicki Tinnon

How very relaxing it would be right now to just recline on the lakeshore and watch the clouds go by. In a beautiful photo entitled “A Morning On Crater Lake” by Vicki Tinnon, you can almost see the puffy white clouds slowly shift and morph into different shapes between the jagged cliffs. How serene. And pleasantly relaxing.

Vicki submitted her photo into the Photobird Photo Contest for August which has the theme “Relax”. There’s plenty of time for you to submit your photo into this month’s contest. But don’t relax too much yet. Submit your photo first, tell your friends to vote for you, and then resume your position on the lakeshore. The contest is free to enter and ends on August 31.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award. You can see all of the previous contests and contest entries at this link.

Vicki Tinnon actually won the Photobird Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for May 2008 with her photo “Moving In“. You can see more of Vicki’s photos at http://www.photobird.com/vickitinnon/. Because Vicki won a Photobird Award within the past 12 months, she is ineligible to win the Photobird Award until May 2009, but she can still win the People’s Choice Award. Check the contest rules for more details.

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for August will each receive the following cool prizes:

You can read more details about the monthly contest here.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

Let’s Go For a Ride

July 31, 2008

“Ride With Me”
© Copyright Vicki Tinnon

The People, Places and Things feature has just been updated with some beautiful photos on the Look at Pictures page on Photobird.com. Similar to the previous update, all three pictures are provided by winners of Photobird Photo Contests.

The first photo is Helen Duffield’s “Bucket“, a very cute kitten that, apparently, I can’t get enough of. I wrote about Bucket yesterday in this blog post here. Helen won the People’s Choice Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for March 2008 with her photo “Sunset @ Mordialloc“. You can see more of Helen’s photos at http://www.photobird.com/hduffield/.

Next, Vicki Tinnon shares her stunning photo, “Ride With Me“, which is shown above. The photo was taken on a back road near Wayne, Nebraska. I really like the perspective in this photo, the composition, and the sharpness and color saturation. The color in this photo is very impressive, from the white clouds and crisp blue sky, to the rich greens and browns on the ground. I like this photo a lot; it feels like you’re right there on the back road, ready to go. Vicki won the Photobird Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for May 2008 with her photo “Moving In“. You can see more of Vicki’s photos at http://www.photobird.com/vickitinnon/.

The third photo is Robert Romero’s “Blown Away“, one of his many beautiful flower photos. I really like the sharpness and color in this photo. Also notice that he positioned the flower just off-center in the photo; the flower is not directly in the center of the photo. Great composition, adhering to the Rule of Thirds. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Robert’s beautiful flower photos in this blog post here. Robert won the Photobird Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for February 2008 with his photo “Just Peachy“. You can see more of Robert’s photos at http://www.photobird.com/theshootest/.

If you’d like to have one or more of your photos featured in People, Places and Things, submit your favorite photos for consideration by simply following the same steps you would take for submitting a photo for the Photobird Photo of the Hour:

1. View the photo you want to submit from your photo album.
2. Click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox.

That’s it!

The photos in People, Places and Things are updated periodically. We’ll let you know right here in the Photobird blog when they’re updated.

If you’d like to have your photos featured in People, Places and Things or the Photobird Photo of the Hour, but you don’t have a Photobird account yet, stay tuned to this blog as we are planning to have a small, limited number of free Photobird accounts available for photographers who would like to have their photos featured. I’m planning to have more details for you next week.