The sky is the photographer’s friend. Most of us love blue blue skies and it certainly helps in making a photo ‘prettier’. Grey nimbus clouds can ruin a scene of blue skies and fluffy white cumulus clouds. Predicting the look of the sky is essential if you want to make the best use of it.
1) Under normal circumstances, the sky will look best in February or October. However, with the rainy season being unpredictable lately, this may not be true.
2) Normally if there is hot sun after a few days of rain, the skies will be pristine.
3) If it’s a grey muggy day, I normally like to shoot in B&W where the colour of the sky won’t matter so much
4) Magic hour (the hour right after sunset) is known as such because the sky is always a nice tone of violet and blue and is an excellent backdrop for landscape or architectural photography.
Learn the cloud formations and they will serve you well…
Anyway here are some samples of how the sky can be the main subject.
And a couple of shots I took yesterday evening (it was such a glorious sky)…
With a CPL (circular polarizer), you can get deep blue skies and if you use the B&W conversion technique I mentioned earlier, and turn on the Red filter in the Channel Mixer to 100%, you will turn these blue skies into a deep shade of grey or black. Should there be white clouds in the sky at that time, they will really stand out.
However, you may want to use this effect with some moderation.