Michael Nath  

Clouds by Michael Nath

June 2021 - Clouds

About the Image(s)

Attached is my photo for June for Study Group 31. It is another infrared image made from a camera converted to infrared with a 720 nm filter. Technical specifications are 1/250 s, F13.0, ISO 100, with a 200mm lens. The view is from the top of the pass in Logan Canyon in Utah. Processed in NIK Silver Effects Pro to enhance contrast and texture of the clouds against the dark sky.

12 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Michael - a really powerful set of clouds rightly taking centre stage in the image and enhanced by the use of infrared. I feel that a little more foreground would have been beneficial and I find the isolated finger of white cloud on the right hand side distracting - I would have cloned that out! There is another small area of white cloud immediately opposite on the left hand side right on the edge of the image which IMHO would benefit from darkening down.
  Posted: 06/14/2021 05:13:33
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Peter. I agree with your suggestions to make the image better.   Posted: 06/14/2021 21:42:09

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael
I have never seen an IR shot of purely clouds boy is it powerful mt eye is continually drawn to the centre and carried through absolutely amazing image I keep coming back to.   Posted: 06/14/2021 16:50:35
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thanks Ian, I really appreciate the compliments.

Look at the "Equivalents" by Alfred Stieglitz from the past. Stieglitz worked with a large format camera with classic B&W film and earned a lot of praise in his time. I do what I can with a converted digital camera. The location of this image is adjacent to a large alpine lake where these clouds form almost every afternoon in the late summer (when it is HOT) due to evaporation and adiabatic cooling in the upper atmosphere. Once the weather is right, I have lots of opportunities as I live one valley farther west of the lake.   Posted: 06/14/2021 21:52:57
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Living on a peninsula we also get some wonderful cloud formations we just don't get the heat lol   Posted: 06/15/2021 16:15:17
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Enjoy the clouds minus the heat. I'm somewhat envious of your cooler location in the UK. Current temperature in Utah is over 40 degrees celsius.   Posted: 06/15/2021 16:53:22

Ed Ries
Michael, very powerful image for me. Clouds are one of my favorite subjects. Perhaps I need to try them in infrared. The summer time cloud formations in Florida can be amazing.   Posted: 06/15/2021 11:10:04
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
I agree Ed, the mid-afternoon storm clouds of central Florida are amazing and arrive at a predictable time to allow for relatively easy setup prior to their arrival. The intensity of the thunderstorms and the amount of rainfall can be intimidating to those not familiar with the area. The same can be said for the rain inside the caldera of Mount Waialeale on Kauai in Hawaii.   Posted: 06/15/2021 16:50:34

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Great clouds Michael. I agree with the earlier comment regarding the lack of foreground.   Posted: 06/15/2021 18:28:27

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Michael: Very dramatic clouds...and, done in IR...WoW! While the clouds are dramatic, I do believe a bit more foreground would help the image.   Posted: 06/15/2021 18:38:35

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Michael, that is one amazing sky!

As Ella has suggested, more foreground may have helped.
I find the foreground interesting and it makes me want to see more.

The image is great as it stands and could be even better with Peter's suggestions implimented.   Posted: 06/16/2021 07:54:51

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, Ella, and John for you thoughtful comments. I appreciate them all.   Posted: 06/17/2021 10:07:21


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