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Once Again Chasing the Clouds

Summer just keeps flying by. Pretty soon it will be time for the fall color and the fall rut. It seems like every year summer goes by faster. This year seems to have had a lot more storms come through our area then in the past couple of years. Maybe that’s just because I have spent more time playing with landscapes then planes this year but it has been interesting to watch.

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Without really knowing where to go on Saturday I let the weather do the decision making and just followed the clouds east. Over the years I have found a number of good haunts that I like to go to every now and then and one of those is over by Lake Ennis. It’s one beautiful area settled between mountain ranges. In order to get there you have to drive a long the Madison River which isn’t just great for fishing, although I wouldn’t have minded casting a line out that day, but also for it’s beautiful photography.

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With this in mind I deterred off my “path” and followed the river for a while. There is one simple reason why puffy clouds are just the best, they make everything above them and below them look great! Puffies create intense drama in the skies without looking menacing or stormy. While at the same time creating great shadows over the landscape, making the light really move with the land. Now if you have been following my blog lately then you know that I have spent a lot of time working my landscape images in ACR. Well every now and then I like to simplify. Both of these were taken with the D4 and 24-70 AF-S. The top one however was pretty much a straight shot with very little finishing, while the bottom I painted in the bottom half bringing out more of the reflection in ACR. The goal always being to get your eye where I want it to go, while telling a story.

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