These pictures are a perfect demonstration of how wonderful it is to have a camera with you wherever you go, just to capture spur-of-the moment images. Yesterday, I took my husband to the ambulatory surgery center, to have a minor procedure, and I had three hours to kill while I waited for him to be ready to go home (the center allows no inside visitors due to Covid). Straight east of the center, there’s a bookstore where I knew I could wait for the call. So I drove over, along one of our busier streets. I was waiting for traffic, and looked ahead through my windshield, and saw that the sky was quite spectacular, with puffy white and gray clouds.
So, I already had my trusty iPhone XR right beside me; I whipped it out, and took two pictures right through the windshield in front of me. When I uploaded them to my computer later, I discovered that I had made a stupid mistake, and forgotten that the top of the windshield is tinted blue, so the clouds and sky were too blue. Well, after thinking what I could do to make the shots better, I had a brain-wave. So, I turned the second picture black-and-white with my easy editing tools on my iMac. It worked! What do you think?
Here’s the original shot:
The sky at the top wasn’t really that blue at all. And there were the buildings at the bottom that were not really needed, and a distraction from the clouds. The second shot was taken higher to eliminate some of the buildings.
I think the second shot, which was more affected by the tinted windshield, works great in black-and-white, with no cropping needed. I actually like the trees, and streetlight on the sides and bottom of the shot.
I wasn’t going to do a post this week, since with digital photography, if I get a bad shot, I just delete it and move on. I get a lot of those with my bird photos, since they move a lot! But I think these cloud photos work quite well!