20 Breathtaking Images Of Clouds


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.

Cloud Types

  • 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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Photo by Dominik Schroder
Photo by Laura Vinck
Photo by Quino Al
Photo by Zbynek Burival
Photo by Jakub Kriz
Photo by Andreas Kind
Photo by Lukasz Lada
Photo by Romello Williams
Photo by Anton Darius
Photo by Aron Visuals

Learning And Applying Advanced Composition Will Elevate Your Photographs

Advanced Composition – will ensure you create images that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition

In Kent Dufault's Advanced Composition, you'll discover advanced composition concepts such as:

  • Compression
  • Color Placement
  • Contrast Overlap
  • Rhythm
  • Color Wash
  • Texture
  • Stacking

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Photo by Vicinus Henrique
Photo by Luca Baggio
Photo by Sean O.
Photo by Max LaRochelle
Photo by Tom Barrett
Photo by Yuriy Kovalev
Photo by Felipe Palacio
Photo by Benjamin Davies
Photo by NON
Photo by Matt Flores

Further Learning:

We hope you've enjoyed this inspiring gallery of clouds. If you are looking to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. With this guide, you will learn all about:

  • color
  • light
  • shadow
  • lines
  • curves
  • repetition
  • juxtaposition
  • anticipation
  • pre-visualization
  • timing

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Further Resources:

In case you want to learn more about sky photography, feel free to check out the following links!

  1. How To Master Night Sky Photography
  2. Bite Size Tips: 3 Tips For More Powerful Clouds In Your Landscapes
  3. How to Photograph Clouds (With 12 Beautiful Examples)
  4. How to Take Great Photos Of Clouds
  5. Cloud Photography
  6. 7 Tips For Taking Great Cloud Photos

About Author

Jasenka is a photographer with a background in web design. You can find out more about her on her website, see some of her newest images at 500px or get to know her better here.

These cloud photos are beautiful. Thanks for such an interesting article. At The Rabbit Sanctuary in Australia we need to know lots about photography so we can take good photos of rabbits for adoption to help them get good homes.

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