Passing Storm

Passing Storm,Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Passing Storm,Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I think it’s safe to say that every landscape photographer has at least some fascination with clouds. One of the breakthroughs in film emulsion was the invention of panchromatic film which is sensitive to all colors (more or less). Before, films were primarily ortho or orthochromatic and were not sensitive to red, but were sensitive to blue. As a result, early landscape photographs rendered skies as featureless white and clouds were at best faint ghosts. When photographers finally had film sensitive to all colors and could use colored filters; yellow, orange, and red to darken the blue of the sky, clouds took their rightful place in black and white images. Of course with today’s digital sensors we can photograph a scene in color and render the sky as dark as we want in order to imphasize clouds, too often in the extreme.

As I was chasing storm clouds today, none of that was on my mind.  What I was thinking about was just how little we think about how all that water, and weight, stays suspended in the air. A little research on the inter web informed me that one acre-inch, the amount of water needed to cover one acre with one inch of rain, weighs just over 113.3 tons, or 5.2 pounds per square foot.  All that weight just hanging over our heads. No wonder cloudy days feel so oppressive!

Many of you probably already knew about it, but I only recently heard about CAS-the Cloud Appreciation Society which seems a natural for landscape photographers. I encourage you to have a look at their site.


Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens processed in Snapseed.


One comment on “Passing Storm

  1. JohnAmes says:

    Now that was interesting!


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