Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Stills - Big Sky

I follow a couple of amazing blogs that participate in Sunday Stills photography challenge.  I have a digital camera and use it with limited success.  Limited largely because I don't know what half the functions are or why I'd want to use them.  And the manual that came with the camera is full of explanations about how many times to push a button to get TO a function, but it doesn't tell me WHY I want that function.  I'm also not artistic enough to think of things like blurring the background or putting images into black and white.  I like all that stuff, I'm just not very clever in that regard.  I am photographically challenged by nature although I should not be - my mother never left the house without two cameras in her purse (yes, the purse was the stuff of legend and had it been a little bit larger it would have needed wheels and a license plate to be legal).  I think part of Kodak's demise was because my mom passed away.  But back to Sunday Stills!

Hoping that a firm goal every week will force encourage me to learn more about what my camera can do, I joined up!  This week the challenge is "Big Sky".....

So for this challenge use the rule of thirds and set your horizon in the bottom third of the pic and get some great sky shots. Day or night, cloudy or sunny. Cool blue or white from total cloud cover or spotty clouds. Even use sunrises and sunsets, the possibilities are endless….

I also like this one.  I couldn't figure out how to fit them  both into the same frame.  Challenged....yeah.

If I could have put them together I'd have thought it really nice.  Which one do you like better and why?


  1. I'm glad you decided to join in, welcome. I like the first shot best, it has a sort of dreamy quality. Well done.

  2. I like the first one best. Although they both are beautiful! I like the first because it shows the hotter colors. I also like how the clouds go up on the left side. Beautiful!

  3. I like the first one because I like that little bit of sun on the right and I'm like you with my camera knowledge. Have a good day and good luck on the photography challenges

  4. I like the first one. Oddly because of the orange I think. Odd because that's not really a favorite color for me. Both are nice!

  5. I think the second one has lots of orange mixed with the blue and gives me more of the beautiful heavens to look at. Keep up the challenge. Before you know it, you'll be as good as your mom!

  6. Beautiful shots, I never took a class in photography I just take lots of pics and experiment to see what my camera could do..:-)
    Practice,practice and more practice and welcome to Sunday Stills...Ed

  7. I like the first one for two reasons: It appears more composed/well put together with the clouds up one side. The second reason is that the horizon is horizontal. You can change that on the second in many photo software packages.

    Practice helps a lot with photography. You are good at composition. Check out either the library or a used book store for a book on basic/advanced beginner photography. It will explain what aperture/depth of field/exposure/etc. mean and how to use them to good effect. It doesn't matter if the book is from the old film days, the terminology is the same. That will help you to understand what your camera can do. After that, it's just play around with it.