Dusk and Dawn Cloudscapes Over Hogsback

Cloudscapes have always been one of my photo passions and lately I’ve been extending my skills using the Olympus Live Composite mode. These dawn and dusk shots of the Hogsback skyline from Wild Fox Hill are the longest I’ve taken. They’re 15 minutes of one second exposures, so each picture is a composite combining 900 shots.

Dawn Cloudscape over Hogsback

The dawn cloudscape was the hardest to take because I was looking East and so as the sun rose the sky brightened and was wiping the colours from the image. The shot was taken very early – I was up at 4:30 (a good hour before dawn) – just as the sky began to lighten and the high cirrus clouds were catching some very faint colours. Here’s a panorama of the scene.

Pre Dawn Panorama: Hogsback

Evening shots are much easier because the light is always fading and the highest clouds catch beautiful pastel shades well after the sun has gone. These cloudscapes are amongst the first I’ve taken using a very wide angle lens – the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 – to catch as much of the sky as possible.

Clouds at Dusk over Hogsback

I’ve posted all three of them in my Hogsback Land and Sky gallery – its worth a visit to see them at full size.

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