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Obscured By Clouds

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7 comments to Obscured By Clouds

  • Do you have higher-res versions of these? They look cool, I guess, but it’s hard to tell by the horrible compression artifacts.

    I’m also glad to hear that there is a cloud appreciation society. It’s about time the clouds got the appreciation they deserve!

  • I think it’s disturbing that you got those reactions from the people you showed the photos to. Seems the american culture is so steeped in end-times rhetoric that it colors everone’s thinking.

    I just thought it was a cool sunset.

  • matt g

    The second photo looks like a high dynamic range image from several exposures combined. If not, it’s from a very lucky moment of natural light.

    All three of them feature levels and combinations of lighting we’re not used to seeing with our eyes – we can’t be arbitrary about exposure (like filling our view with ground, and then exposing for detail in the sky) and light sensitivity the way a camera can.

  • When I was little, I used to have this recurring nightmare about orange clouds. They would turn into hands and come down and grab people. When I saw that first picture, it brought back some horrible memories of those dreams.

    The one cloud in the middle of that picture looks like it’s turning into a hand.

  • Bastard Sheep

    As many people would suspect, the pictures used by the cloud appreciation society have in actual fact been highly modified. So much so that in some cases they had me personally wondering if they were actually screenshots from a computer game.

    A little searching though, and I’ve come across less “enhanced” pictures that look significantly more realistic and in my own humble opinion much more impressive.

    Without link spamming URL’s, the best collection of the less enhanced pictures can be found at the national geographic here (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/new-cloud-pictures/index.html), though unfortunately the pictures are quite small in size.

    All four pictures used at the National Geo site are also to be found at CAS so you can compare them side by side to see just how CAS ruined the pictures when they “enhanced” them and made real images of actual phenomena out to appear fake.

  • The Blind Watchmaker

    Looks like a typical sky in your average Steven Spielberg movie.

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