The weather provides photographic opportunities, as do changing cloud formations.

I shot the above photo from my home office window. I used ISO 400, f/14 1/400s. I liked the fact that it looks like smoke from the chimney. But it's not, it's the angle of view that creates the illusion.

And that's what kept me shooting for a while. The cloud formations changed every few minutes. What caught my eye to begin with was the many shapes the clouds made. Which is why I focused on form and shape.

While the weather changed, so did the cloud formations. There were times when there were huge gatherings of Cumulus. Then, moments later, there would be Cumulus Nimbus.

Independence Day clouds

This one uses ISO 400 f/10 1/800s and 75mm focal length. I like the balance in this one, there's a symmetry to it. The way the clouds seem bunched up behind the houses is like something out of the Independence Day movie.

While grabbing these photos, I was switching between two lenses:

  • An 18-55mm zoom
  • And a 75-300mm zoom
Wide-angle to take it all in

In some cases, a wide angle caught more of the cloud build-up. For this one, I shot at 18mm ISO 400 f/9 1/200s. I wanted the vast expanse of cloud.

Tighter framing for this one

Then, the telephoto effect came in useful. This one uses 55mm ISO 400 f/10 1/320s. I felt this view needed the tighter framing using the trees.

For all these photos, I was using a UV and CPL filter. The CPL filter helped keep the richness of colour in the sky...

CPL filter came in useful

Shot at 27mm ISO 400 f/9 1/250s I kept this one in colour to show that big rain cloud closing in. But offset by the blue sky still visible. That golden light was worth capturing, too.

Talking of the light, as the formations changed, the light was having a party...

Light and shadow

Check out that heavy shadow being cast all along the hedgerow. And the strata cloud breaking up in organised clumps caught my eye.

This was another wide-angle shot: 18mm ISO 400 f/9 1/200s.

So, there's fun to be had capturing the weather or cloud formations. And you have to work faster than you might first imagine. Things change fast.

The switching between focal lengths is necessary, too. Because sometimes, you will want tighter framing. Other times, it's the vast expanse that make the shot.

The use of a CPL (circular polarising) filter is a good idea. They cut down reflections and minimise haze in the sky.

Next time you are gazing out of the window, point your camera that way – you'll get some good photos.