Benny Gettinger: Photo-Graphic Artist

My Sick Obsession with Clouds

The cirrus clouds this morning.

I know, I know… clouds are just masses of gaseous water, but I am somehow fascinated by them. It understandably bothers my wife when I’m driving because I can’t help but look up at the sky when a formation catches my eye. Clouds are just so moody and packed with personality! There are stormy, angry mammatus clouds; epic, powerful pileus clouds, and light-hearted cirrus clouds (my favorite). In landscape photography, the types of clouds and their formations set a distinctive mood.

At work, I have taken up the practice of building a library of cloudy sky pictures. I do this so I can enhance my photos in a way that gives them a desired feel, or simply to add texture to an uninteresting sky.


Often, as I’m taking photos to build up my library, I come across a cloud pattern that I just fall in love with. Those become wallpapers for my computer screen. I can’t help being so interested in clouds because they’re constantly changing. On a windy day they change right before your eyes. Every day the sky looks different. It’s impossible to have the same clouds twice.

My love of clouds extends to sunsets and sunrises. Have you ever noticed that the things that make a sunrise or sunset incredible are the clouds? It’s the clouds reflecting and refracting the sunlight, not necessarily the sun itself. Often the sunset is even more vibrant when the sun is just out of view and it’s only the clouds in the sky.

I know, it’s a sickness.


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