In March I took part in the #IGTravelChallenge on Instagram, where I would submit a photo each day relating to the theme of the day. It was loads of fun and I came into contact with some very cool people from around world because of it. Now, on the 15th of each month, the challenge is put down again.
May’s challenge is ‘Great Skies’, which could mean different things to different people. It could mean amazing sunsets, interesting cloud formations, an amazing blue sky framing an amazing setting. I guess for me, it means all those things and more.
I love skies; I love clouds; I love being in the sky among the clouds. Luckily I also like taking photos of these things so I have a few to share (I will try to limit the photos!). So here goes:
Firstly I’d like to share a photo that I really love, I even have it on a canvas on my wall. I took this photo in 2008 on a road trip in the South Island of New Zealand. The day I took this, I had been driving from Haast on the West Coast to Queenstown. I just love the way it turned out.
I think New Zealand has some of the most amazing skies around. I have already shared this one but I really love it. Taken on my recent trip to Lake Tekapo, as the sun was setting, I love the way the sunlight is breaking through the trees and you can clearly see the rays of light. Not only that but I love the cloud formations as well.
I have this knack of capturing more that I want to sometimes. Usually I’ll get a bird or plane like these next two photos, taken in London and Brighton, England. Both were complete accidents.
Skies can be used as a framing tool for a photo. Without the sky, a photo can sometimes be rather bland. This photo was taken in Scotland, on the Forth of Firth. I love the way the water and the sky frame the rocks in the middle and how the reflection captures everything.
Here is another example of the sky framing a photo, this one was taken in Oxford, UK. How the sky is in a photo can change the overall picture. What if this day was a grey overcast day, or had no clouds in the sky. The final outcome could have been so different.
I have to add in a couple of flying photos just because, where do you get a better perspective of the sky than when you are in the sky.
Last but not least, the time of day can also enhance a photo greatly. Nothing beats a good sunset and Wakiki Beach in Hawaii has some amazing sunsets. I mean, come on!!
The scene below is taken in Brisbane, Australia. During the day this is a nice enough view but at night time, with the lights of the city glowing, it changes our perspective.
Another example is below. Taken at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, you can just make out the moon above the church. Not only that but the sun setting to the left adds addition colour to the glass, making this one of the best photos I’ve ever taken.
Hope you have enjoyed my ‘great skies’ photos.
Cover photo was taken in Christchurch.