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More beautiful grey skies

We has some great skies yesterday afternoon.

I pulled over yesterday on my way back from a project shoot to photograph this expanse.

Kent Countryside Sky
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This was the Moon last night

I was out at dusk yesterday shooting the final scene of a little movie sequence (which didn’t go as planned so I’ll have to do it again on the next cold clear night!) but whilst I was packing the gear away, I looked up, saw the moon and took this before collapsing the tripod and putting the last camera away.

So not an entirely fruitless session.

The Moon and Cow Parsley
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A celebration of the English sky

I’d been planning to do a review of 2013 but I’ve been sidetracked by the interesting weather we’ve had of late.

in the early eighties when I was a student of photography (I say “was” –  I still regard myself as a student of photography!) I did a series of landscapes which were dominated by sky.  Indeed they were the most popular images at both my student exhibitions and they sold quite well too as far as I recall.  The last two images below are from that series.  By the way, these was scanned from original prints made on DW Agfa Portriga-Rapid  118 paper – a wonderful chloro-bromide paper with added cadmium giving uniquely warm, rich tones – now (sadly) long, long discontinued.

Without wishing to invoke any hackneyed phrases, South Africa is a land of contrasts and the same is true of the skies, they can be fabulous festivals of light and colour but still the skies over England have something on those over Africa.

In a curious way I have always found the infinite tonal variations in the clouds and skies here both confining and liberating and the endless range of changing shapes, sizes and particularly the subtlety of tones never cease to amaze me.  It can make even the most oppressive cold winters day into something of wonder.

Here then, are some English clouds with a couple of 32 year old Eastern Cape, South African ones thrown in at the end for good measure.

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Sun in the Northern Sky

Sun in the Northern Sky

Windows and sky

Windows and sky

View of Excel Conference Centre from over the Thames on the Emirates Cable Car

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View from Thames Emirates Cable car crossing

On a recent trip to Excel, the huge exhibition centre to the East of London, I decided to travel via the (Emirates) Cable Car which runs from Greenwich North straight to Excel.  (For those who don’t live locally but who may find yourselves in need to visiting Excel I recommend this way of getting there!)

The last time I did the trip, the sky was full of those characteristic cloud and sunshine combinations that make the weather here so great (and so difficult) for photography.  Just as I passed the mid point across the Thames and was approaching the north bank, the sun broke through and illuminated the structural spars of the exhibition centre.

To me, the picture has a lovely calm despite the dramatic atmosphere.