In the early to middle 20th century, American photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) created a series of photographs of clouds, called "equivalents" (1925–1931). According to an essay on the series at the Phillips Collection website, "A symbolist aesthetic underlies these images, which became increasingly abstract equivalents of his own experiences, thoughts, and emotions". More recently, photographers such as Ralph Steiner, Robert Davies and Tzeli Hadjidimitriou have been noted for producing such images.
Cloudscape photography of Chandigarh
Cloudscape photo taken in southern India
Cloudscape taken for the Clouds 365 Project in Frisco, Texas, US.
Tips on How to take Cloudscape Photos
- Select a camera.
- Find a tripod for the stability of the camera.
- Pick a location and time of day.
- Check the weather for proper attire.
- Set up the camera for long exposure. This can be done by setting the ISO value (typically 100 is daylight and 800 is night), as well as the aperture value (usually f/11 for darker days or if the day is really bright, up to f/16).
- Pick a photographic filter to help with lighting difficulty or blur.
Sources and readings
- Davies, Robert; Christopher Bucklow; "Cloudscapes"; Lisbon (Portugal). Arquivo Fotográfico Municipal. (Lisboa, Portugal: Câmara Municipal, Cultura: Arquivo fotográfico, 1997) ISBN 972-97226-2-5 [Worldcat subject headings include "Davies, Robert" and "Photography of clouds"]
- Steiner, Ralph. Smith College. "In pursuit of clouds : images and metaphors"; Museum of Art. (Albuquerque, N.M.: Distributed by the University of New Mexico Press, ©1985) ISBN 0-9615132-0-9 [Photography of clouds]
- Hadjidimitriou, Tzeli. Time fading into clouds | O χρόνος χάθηκε στα σύννεφα. Texts from: N. Vatopoulos, N. Chronas, Tz. Hadjidimitriou, Metaichmio, 2003, ISBN 960-375-634-2