Mackerel Sky

As we were taking a walk, we saw this unusual cloud formations. I do not think I ever saw this before, or maybe I just was not looking. After researching on the internet, it seems to be called a Mackerel Sky. I only had my iPhone with me and I did not want to use the panorama mode. I shot 3 vertical images with a lot of overlap so I could assemble them in Photoshop. If I did not allow for a lot of overlap, it would have been a problem assembling them without a lot of distortion because of the small iPhone lens.

These clouds form high in the sky, and the afternoon sun catching their underbellies gives them a dappled, silvery sheen.

That’s because cirrus clouds – thin, wispy, collections of ice crystals – are harbingers of change. They form from small amounts of moisture in the air ahead of approaching weather fronts. As a front draws nearer, sturdier clouds gather and the weather changes.

Mackerel-type cirrocumulus can be an indicator of warm winds lifting up and flowing out from a distant thunderstorm. The ripples form when humid air at the far-flung edges of the storm system pushes past clear, cool air high in the sky. It’s the resistance of the cool air to this motion that causes the ripples.

Ridges of cloud form where water vapour cools and condenses, while troughs of space form where it warms and re-evaporates. When gentle ripples begin to form across the entire sky, it’s a good bet that the storm or its remnants will arrive in just a few hours.

I  guess at my age I am still learning something new! Now I just have to Remember IT!

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Parting Of Clouds

I like photographing clouds. You do not have to go anywhere to photograph them. Just look up. I know there are amazing areas to go for landscapes and clouds, but my work keeps me from traveling to distant locations. Some day I hope to do that. Plus I also use them a lot for backgrounds in my e-books. Either full strength or slightly ghosted with other images and text on top. I am happy to see what I can get the most out of close to home. I guess it is more of a challenge to see what I come up with.

Shot with an iPhone 6 with the ProCamera app (2 shots) in HDR mode during a walk. Adjusted slightly in Photoshop.

Early Morning Leaves & Roots Panorama

I went to a local nature area early in the morning to see what I could find. Just a few ducks and Canada Geese. But I liked the early morning light on the trails and leaves. The featured image was a 2 image shot that I took on the way in on the path. I had my 400mm expecting to photograph ducks and maybe an Egret or a Great Blue Heron. So I used my iPhone with the ProCamera app,  In the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode. It shoots 2 images and blends them together. You can do further editing in the app or I fine tune in Photoshop. The 2 images were then combined and stacked in Photoshop.

IPhone leaf (2 image) HDR image below.





iPhone Sky Panorama

This is a two shot panorama shot with an iPhone. Then I assembled the images in Photoshop.

iPhone Sky

When I was leaving work, I liked the clouds in the sky. I only had my iPhone, so I shot a burst of 8 images. My iPhone seems to have quite a bit of noise, so I  loaded them in Photoshop, put them in a layered file & converted them to a Smart Object layered stack.  Then used Stack Mode > Median to lower the noise level. Helps make my iPhone images more usable and lowers the noise a lot.

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