Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds

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I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s challenge is: Clouds.

I’m one of those weird people who LOVE clouds. OK, not so much the boring gray layer of stratus clouds, especially when it doesn’t produce rain. I love staring at the high layers of cirrus clouds that stretch across the skies like cotton candy. A mackerel sky always looks like it’s covered with a huge herd of sleeping sheep. And of course, my favorite clouds are the cumulus type, since they’re the best opportunity for spotting shapes.

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I took this first photo with my cell phone because that’s all I had with me that day and I didn’t want to miss capturing this great opportunity. Here’s my first dog-shaped cloud! Isn’t he a cute little doggie?

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds in the shape of a dog
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds in the shape of a dog

Another reason I love clouds is because they can make a great sunset look absolutely amazing. I took this photo on December 25, 2012 in San Diego. One of the best sunsets I’ve seen in years for sure.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunset
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunset

Now, here’s another photo taken from the same spot during a summer sunset with really nice soft pink and gray clouds.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds of a pink and gray sunset
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds of a pink and gray sunset

Of course, clouds can create some beautiful sunrise scenes, especially when the sun tries so hard to pierce through them early in the morning.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunrise
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunrise

Finally clouds can look very creepy, especially when they crawl over the hills during a rainstorm. We get this type of crawling clouds once in a while in the winter here, and I love the look of them!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds crawling over the hills
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds crawling over the hills

The challenges of photographing a great sunset

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I love watching sunrises and sunsets – the moments when the sun greets us and waves us goodbye every day. I think most sunrises and sunsets look prettier when you add a few clouds to the sky. The clouds make the light reflect its many shades of color rather than come out as a mostly monochrome event.

Here’s my challenge when it comes to photographing a beautiful sunrise or sunset: my camera. My Canon Powershot SX130 does a wonderful job in broad daylight situations, but as soon as I try taking photos in low light, it seems to give up on me. The camera sensor’s quality is not good enough to handle the job in many situations. And forget about using a flash when you try to take a photo of the whole sky.

This is the photo of a gorgeous sunset I captured last November, a little over a year ago. I love the many colors of the sky, the shapes of the clouds as if they were writing secret messages in the sky, but the slight pixelation in the dark areas drives me nuts. It’s good enough to look at on a computer screen, but not good enough for print.

challenges of photographing a great sunset
challenges of photographing a great sunset

I hope to have solved this problem with my new Canon Powershot G1X, which is supposed to have a much more sensitive camera sensor to handle low light situations better. Now, I just have to wait for a beautiful sunset opportunity to occur to try it out and compare.

Do you have a hard time taking nice pictures of sunsets and low light situations, or does your camera do a great job?

The clouds are on fire!

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I love sunsets and how the sun tries to burn up the sky as it goes past the horizon at the end of the day. But there’s something very special about sunrises too, where the sun manages to light up the sky for several minutes before you can actually see it. That’s when the sky can suddenly feature some amazing colors. The best sunrises (and sunsets) usually display some type of clouds, which deflect the sunlight in many directions and shades of color.

I took the sunrise photo below on a winter morning almost a year ago. As soon as I looked at the sky, I knew it’d be one of these special sunrises and I hoped my camera batteries weren’t dead because I wouldn’t have time to grab spares. There’s something about the winter light that can makes for great sunrises. This sunrise makes it look like the clouds are on fire. I tried to take pictures of the clouds once they passed the trees, but by then the light had already changed. Better luck next time!

You can click on the photo of this winter sunrise for a larger view.

Photo of a winter sunrise - clouds on fire
Photo of a winter sunrise – clouds on fire

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather

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I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo Challenge! This week’s Challenge is: Weather.

I live in San Diego, in Southern California. I enjoy beautiful weather probably two thirds of the year. The baking heat of the summer is the bad part, but the skies can still be beautiful. On many days, the weather looks like this. Not a single cloud in the bright blue sky.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather in Southern California
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather in Southern California

On a cloudy day, which is a rare occasion, the skies will look like this. You can still find plenty of blue sky even when the weather isn’t so great.

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - weather - cloudy day in San Diego, California
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – weather – cloudy day in San Diego, California

On a rainy day, which is even rarer than a cloudy day, things get wet, but they still look pretty. Here’s a wet California lemon enjoying the precious rain. Yep, it’s the one I’m featuring in my 2013 photo calendar, which is now set up for sale by the way (I haven’t launched it officially yet, but it’s coming…).

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - weather - a wet lemon in San Diego
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – weather – a wet lemon in San Diego

And of course, after the rain comes more sun. Things may still be a little wet, but the blue sky we enjoy on most days doesn’t like to miss a beat. This is Southern California weather for you in a nutshell!

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - weather - wet branch after the rain
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – weather – wet branch after the rain

My 2013 calendar pick for October: a full moon for Halloween

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View all of the pictures I selected for my 2013 photo calendar.

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I had a hard time picking a photo that would represent the month of October in my 2013 photo calendar. I would have loved to use some pumpkin arrangement but I couldn’t find an existing photo I really, really liked.

After careful consideration, my final pick is this full moon, which I actually captured in May 2012. I think it will do a great job at representing Halloween for the whole month of October.

My 2013 calendar pick for October: a full moon for Halloween
My 2013 calendar pick for October: a full moon for Halloween