Rural landscapes: the summer prairie sky


I’ve always appreciated the cheeky humour of the farmer who added the smiling mouth to the side of his barn, but was never moved to make a photo. Then, while returning to my home in Calgary after a photo day trip, these crazy clouds made me pull off the road and haul out the photography equipment.
While vehicles roared past barely 10 feet away, I captured several pictures including this one. Even as I made this photo, I knew I would create a black-and-white version to fully highlight the drama of the prairie sky. Here’s the colour version:
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

Click on the picture for a larger view.

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