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Clouds are an important part of landscape photography – in case you want to shoot truly amazing landscapes, you certainly have to pay special attention to clouds and their shapes and colors.
According to the World Meteorological Organization's International Cloud Atlas, there are 10 basic types of clouds. Knowing these types can be useful in case you want to be able to recognize them and know what type of weather you can expect from each of them.
- Low-level clouds (cumulus, stratus, stratocumulus) all lie below 6,500 feet. Cumulus clouds are usually rounded, puffy and white, stratus clouds are flat and grayish, and stratocumulus clouds are grayish puffy clouds that show up in patches with clear sky in between them.
- Middle clouds (altocumulus, nimbostratus, altostratus) form between 6,500 and 20,000 feet. Altocumulus clouds are usually rounded masses aligned in parallel bands, nimbostratus clouds are very thick and dark gray, and altostratus clouds look like bluish-gray sheets that partially or totally cover the sky.
- High-level clouds (cirrus, cirrocumulus, cirrostratus) lie above 20,000 feet. Cirrus clouds are thin, white and wispy, cirrocumulus clouds are small and white, often arranged in rows, and cirrostratus clouds are semi-transparent streaks that veil the entire sky.
- Cumulonimbus clouds span the low, middle, and high altitudes and they resemble cumulus clouds. Their bottoms are usually dark and they are thunderstorm clouds.
Now that you know what these cloud types look like, you can enjoy the following 20 beautiful examples of cloud photography!
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In Kent Dufault's Advanced Composition, you'll discover advanced composition concepts such as:
- Color Placement
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