Monday, April 30, 2012

Clouds (云)

"A cloud is a visible mass of droplets, in other words, little drops of water or frozen crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth or another planetary body. A cloud is also a visible mass attracted by gravity, such as masses of material in space called interstellar clouds and nebulae. Clouds are studied in the nephology or cloud physics branch of meteorology. On Earth the condensing substance is typically water vapor, which forms small droplets or ice crystals, typically 0.01 mm (0.00039 in) in diameter. When surrounded by billions of other droplets or crystals they become visible as clouds. Dense deep clouds exhibit a high reflectance (70% to 95%) throughout the visible range of wavelengths. They thus appear white, at least from the top. Cloud droplets tend to scatter light efficiently, so that the intensity of the solar radiation decreases with depth into the gases, hence the gray or even sometimes dark appearance at the cloud base. Thin clouds may appear to have acquired the color of their environment or background and clouds illuminated by non-white light, such as during sunrise or sunset, may appear colored accordingly. Clouds look darker in the near-infrared because water absorbs solar radiation at those wavelengths." ~Wikipedia Page.

Due the popularity of the cloud photos I posted a few years back, I have taken more photos of clouds to share with you guys! :) I hope you enjoy viewing them! If you missed my old post, you can find it here. I personally find clouds interesting because they can take on different shapes and sizes and can really help spark your imagination and creativity. They are beautiful works of nature.

The photos are taken on the Pleasanton Trail (the walking trail behind my house). I will post animal and flower photos I took on this walk next time.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best photos of Pleasanton in 2012, use this link. To see all of my photos from Pleasanton in 2012, use this link.

I thought the trails landscape made a good contrast to the all blue sky. I should have done HDR, but I didn't have a tripod with me.  

I think the tree makes a good foreground on the photo. 

I think this photo contrasted the best. Not sure how to touchup these cloud photos in Photoshop, so I didn't. 

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