The sky - fascinating phenomenon

I have been photographing for a long time, but it was only a dozen years ago that I appreciated the sky as a subject of photography. Not the sky as an addition to land, but the sky itself. Most often we visually control the space from feet to horizon because we rarely walk with our heads in the clouds. It's a pity. There is really going on in the sky - generous nature provides us with spectacular views in the daytime clouds and sun, at night the stars, the moon, the northern lights. And what happens on the border between day and night (or vice versa) is a true symphony of colors. These phenomena are very delicate and fleeting in nature. To become a witness, you just need to look up more often.

Most of our travel photos often contain a hardly interesting or even boring fragment of the sky. It does not have to be this way. It takes usual acknowledgement that there is a fascinating topic up there. Everything there can be fascinating: colors, shapes, dynamics, mood and the fact that everything is constantly changing, that it keeps to illuminate the Earth in a different manner. For me, it is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, like the proverbial box of chocolates from the movie entitled "Forest Gump" - you never know what will happen. Sometimes delicate and unobtrusive in their beauty, and at other times it's even heavy with dynamic drama, but always worth attention. The sky at night is also beautiful but completely different discipline of photography. Black in all possible shades, or an amazing eclipse phenomenon.

The sky, in most cases, is an important element of landscape photography. When shooting landscapes, we would like it to be brilliant, wonderful, at least colorful and interesting in every frame. Who among us did not admire the landscape photographs by the masters of this genre? The sky is almost always an essential element of the frame. And regardless of whether we are dealing with a color or black and white image, interestingly photographed sky invariably awakens in us very vivid emotions. However, when we try to immortalize them in such a form, it often happens that instead of watching the deep blue sky and snow-white clouds, we look at barely contrasting spots with a gray color on a pale blue background. Such landscape pictures are not very attractive. You have to photographically season a bit to change it. And it is worth it.

Usually an effective cloud layout is a short-lived and fleeting phenomenon - it is worth being always prepared. The best moment is the change in the weather, which is often accompanied by a strong wind, clouds flying through the sky creating effective compositions. If we add sunbeams from time to time striking through a thick layer of clouds, we get a truly dazzling combination. Equally effective, although in some situations dangerous (at least for the equipment), there are the last moments before the storm. Dense, dark clouds swirling in the sky, heralding incoming atmospheric discharges and a downpour, are an excellent photographic topic.

A wide range of colors and often a dramatic mood is enough to inspire. I decided to approach the subject creatively and focus on the extraordinary sky. Hence the idea of a series of works with the sky in the main role. To emphasize the extraordinary beauty of the sky, I decided to leave elements other than sky in shades of black and white. It is the sky and its faces that remain the pivot in the series. It's no secret that all photographs are brushed with a retouching hand to create the right mood.

I took my first intentional photo in this matter in 2002 near Kingston in the Canadian province of Ontario.

From that moment on I started to appreciate the sky as a photographic object. I knew then that due to the exceptional rarity of these phenomena, the quick acquisition of a large number of successful shots of such an interesting sky would simply be unrealistic. Over sixteen years passed, during which I gathered only about thirty of them. I keep on working harder and harder.
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