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Photographs Of Clouds in Black and White Launches Its Tenth Volume!
And here we go again after the absolute magic of your Arizona B&W#107, Michael, followed by Hans’s wildly evocative Whirling Dervish, and the perfect nightcap of your Arizona B&W#108. And what a lovely launch this is! I like the softness of your first image for Volume X very much. It reminds me a dream’s beginning, of hypnagogic images beginning to take shape, seductive sirens of that other world.
And Then The Fun Begins
Aah Keelin! The fun of the Surreal what Clouds are meant for!
Wow, Wow, Wow, Michael! And the energy in that last one is absolutely ecstatic. Here is some chi in a different arrangement.
Thank you Keelin! I like your mysterious Orb of the Undulatus Chi
Great motion in the images above, Michael, and your Arizona #114 is a new favorite.Ragged Tutu
And this is Volume X already. Time flies! And what a great start with Arizona B&W #110 followed by contributions with a lot of chi for sure. #111 and the ragged tutu are my favorites. Back again, so ….
Welcome back, Hans! Dive right in ~~~ Volume X is bound to be amazing in whatever direction it flows.
Quite subtle Michael your B&W #118. And amazing it is Keelin, your Tidal Sway.
Great mood swings in the two images above, Michael and Hans! And both with their own special appeal.
Can’t say if this next one falls in between or? What it is ain’t exactly clear, but offered here for what it’s worth (with a nod to Buffalo Springfield for inspiring the title).
There’s Something Happening Here
Getting in tune…
What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear
Perhaps not exactly clear, but certainly intriguing, Hans! Shall we shine a light and go spelunking?
Cavern of Dreams
Exploring a cavern of dreams! Nice stalactites with striking light. Coming deeper in teh cavern the ceiling wasn’t visible anymore and the stalactites had grown larger….
Amongst many issues,,I am no longer being offered the ability to download pics here, Other things here no longer work for me either. So until things get fixed,,yes I tried another server, enjoy the clouds!
Testing on this side op the pond shows no problems with posting a picture Michael. Something local?
Hans ..When the gallery’s changes began earlier this week, my problems began. The member count on home page hit 44,000 but now it shows 43,978. Yesterday it showed 43986..Its like im going back in time here. I cannot ” like” a gallery photo. As said, there is no drop down for me to download pics with. There is no Cloud logo to click on to return to home page…Firefox, Safari, don’t matter. Seems changing the Gallery also changed other things without realizing it. I haven’t changed anything . I clear history once a day. Its in the ” developers” hands to fix.
Too bad Michael. Strange that functinality can differ on each side of the pond. I would not expect that. It seems to be very difficult to change things without some regression. I am sure it will be solved soon.
Michael, so sorry to hear about this odd glitch and hope it is resolved soon. We’ll miss your eyes on the AZ skies until then.
I had to look thrice but it seems you got some large tailed shark on the hook Keelin. Very nice.
Ah hooked indeed! It also made me think of Michael being caught by the glitch he described and wondering what might be the cause. I so hope he’s able to rejoin us soon.
Meanwhile, I like that layered look very much, Hans, with the subtle mystery of the two forms. The image below shows two separate but intersecting forms. Something about it reminds me of the spark that happens when friends cross paths.
Yes, strange glitch is bothering Michael. One site (?) showing different behavior at different locations is a novelty I did not know of so far. I am sure they are working n it Michael. We look forward for more AZ skies.
There is electricity in Crossing Paths Keelin. Love it.
Some More Electricity
What a surreal skyscape you’ve captured in Dutch B&W, Hans. Fantastic in the illusion it creates. I should like very much to go there and explore.
With Breaking Through I have this association with the dunes of a sand desert with some blows of dust. But also of a seascape with some patches of fog. Enchanting Keelin.
Wow, Hans! What an extraordinary shot!
Something’s Bound To Give Way
Mysterious combination of image and title Keelin. Something someone can dwell on longer. It suggests even a galactic scale. Very nice.
A Huge Hangover
Very funny, Hans – or maybe not so funny, if it’s too close to home! Not sure which might be worse…A Huge Overhang
Nice arching Overhang Keelin. It seems to be sculpted.
It is a head aching choice you put forward. But A Huge Overhang makes me feel relieved for it will Gimme Shelter for the rain that is expected to fall.
Hans, it’s a good thing you’ve got good shelter there from the elements — especially if there are any rolling stones in the mix. One would be wise to heed the warning of the bard…
It’s A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall
It appears functionality has been restored! In celebration I post the below adding to the fine and fun body of work here!
Wonderful to have you back, Michael! And with your usual flair for fantastic images.
Yes Hurray! Quite a joyful and very applicable picture Keelin.
Very nice and strange figure – like a sculpture of frozen movement – to pick up the thread with Michael.
And yes A Hard Rain Did Fall Keelin. That is another nice Rothko from you, now in B&W.
I was happy with my shelter, nevertheless…
A little rain never hurt no one (another bard: Tom Waits)
So true, Hans, and even though it looks a bit foreboding, there’s a gentle feel to it. Mr. Waits might have written very different lyrics to An Emotional Weather Report if he’d had your image in mind.
And ah, Michael, a lovely shadow of what may come to pass…When Moths Get The Munchies
That mister Waits would have wrote different lyrics after seeing the rainy part of this thread is a very amusing and challenging thought, Keelin. Moreover you just gave the explanation for the way lacunosus arises.
And I am still going back to the strange form Michael captured in Arizona B&W#119. Intriguing picture as well as #120.
Thank goodness I have the clouds to escape to..
Hans, I’m hooked! And in total agreement with you, Michael. Love the gesture in the figural escapee you’ve captured above.
Some Sticky Stuff
Arizona B&W# 124
I love the different textures of Sticky Stuff, Arizona B&W#123 and #124, Michael and Keelin. The three pictures show a great variety in texture and each has its own appeal.
Thanks Hans..Thats the fun, to get our eyes to sense the same way a finger tip feels!
Arizona B&W# 125
Fascinating and curious separation in your Ragged cloud, Hans. Never seen anything quiet like it. And I like it!
Also like Mystical very much with its lofting silkiness.
And could not agree more with you, Michael, about the sensing of what we see. Love those AZ textures you continue to bring us.
Eyes Touching Skies
Yes Keelin, great texture in #125 again and you yourself caught it it as well in Eyes Touching Skies.
Love the thought of seeing like the fingertips feel Michael. I take that thought serious, but next one is too nice to leave unused……
A close-up of a fingertip feeling with its eyes closed somehow
A watery feel to your close-up, Hans. And even with eyes closed, one might still detect the subtle shadow of one who leaps across the pond.
Return Of The Goat
I love the flowering pattern of B&W#126 Michael. Beware that it won’t be eaten by some bypassing goat that has developed the habit of hopping from one side of the pond to the other.
I saw your thin Asperitas on the color thread. From this side of the pond one in B&W just a few days ago.
Love your AZ B&W#126, Michael! The funny thing is, while Hans sees an appetizing, flowery pattern, somehow I see a fantastic portrait of the goat itself. Is it time to visit the eye doctor (or one of a different vocation)?
That question aside, these Asperitas clouds you two have been spotting are easy on the eyes with their gentle appearance. Here, it is not so. This almost landed on my noggin. Who knows what I might have seen then.
Michael, I love the subtle play of light and shadow in your Arizona B&W#127, and the haunting, surreal quality of #128 is superb.
A Rush of Wings
Very nice texture work on the butterfly wings Keelin! Nice Shot!
#127 transistioned to CAS a tad bit darker than I see it on my computer but the interplay between the crepuscular the very thin streams of virga tail remain evident. That was one of those take a quick look behind me to see if anything else is goin on shots , during a session.
#128..a straight up thru the roiling passing overhead clouds shot. Yea, can be another reality experience!
I see an avalanche of great B&W’s falling in our noggin! Rush of Wings is very subtle Keelin. Love it. And I agree about Arizona #127 being a mystical beauty. It is like looking through a very thin veil to a distant sky outside. I imagine the feeling of a hot summer day.
And also another reality for sure……
Wow, Michael, Arizona B&W#129 is otherworldly indeed. It sets my mind awhirl in wonder. Love the feeling of awed bafflement it conjures within, and then Under Sail! I feel completely launched.
And Hans, whatever is Drifting, has me mesmerized. I’d like to jump overboard and see more of this cloud creature, maybe swim alongside for awhile.
Along For The Ride
Quite A Ride
Along For The Ride and Quite A Ride are quite alright. Both intriguing formations.
Quite A Ride is quite appropriately titled, Michael. What an unusual shot! And Hans, your Guess What has my head atilt which always brings a smile. I’m happy to linger over both these images before Sailing Onward.
And the same way we linger over Sailing Onward Keelin. Great cirrus cloudscape!
Would love to dive into those Strange Seas, Hans. And it looks like you’ve already found a way in, Michael. Gone Swimming perfectly captures the feeling, while Scratchy beautifully delivers another sensation. But what might happen if one goes a bit too far either swimming or scratching?
Below The Surface
since you asked Keelin
The pareidolic me in me sees fishes or likewise creatures in Below The Surface and in ‘since you asked Keelin’. Do you both too see them or did I drink again too much from that long neck in the bar Keelin once mentioned? Anyway, I like them both.
Below The Surface shows perfectly what is in the title, since the light from the surface above is shining through on the fish-like creature. Love it.
The swimming creature Michael has portrayed seems to swim and look right into his lens.
Well I shouldn’t take too much anymore I suppose.
No Fishes At All. No!
The lightness of these floating fluffs on #131!…..
Hans, yes like dandelion seeds in a gust of wind.
Heres a fun composition I captured one afternoon
Fun fluffs floating above, Michael and Hans. And I love the way Arizona B&W#132 has the perfect balance to prompt flips in visual perception with its positive/negative shapes. Below, two textures to feel with your eyes.
Fur & Fluff
Yes Keelin I like the contrasts there in F&F..Very active for the mind…That is fun.
I see clouds as having infinite potential. I try to free up my vision to see potentials and if I do see interesting developing, to take the shot with a fair amount of trust that nature will be evident. So it is with positive and negative space balancing especially in B&W.By taking tons of pictures a photographer develops that eye for interesting along with a knowledge of balancing the positive and negative space . Directing the eye thru a photo is almost an automatic for me. I still like to experiment. The shot below , I play with the positive and negative a bit, interchange their roles for some fun. Again, clouds seem to afford for a lot of experiment and reversal of norms. From one moment to the next a cloud can be dark and then bright.
Keelin, I like he composition and the layered structure of Fur & Fluff.
Micheal: I agree with the infinite potentials of clouds. Let’s keep exploring them.
Nice cotton wool clouds Michael.
Yesterday I saw faint meandering lines of cloud. It took some heavy developing so at the cost of a bit too much noise next wisps became visible. Peculiar enough to share.
Like somebody’s hair in the wind. Beautiful, Hans!
They’ve been camouflaging as altocumulus, Now they’re coming out …
Thanks George. Great black and white coming out of the lennies! Love it.
Reentering The Atmosphere
Thanks you, Hans. I love your upside down virgas.
Michael, George, and Hans: the B&W topic is what first drew me in to CAS’s forums and it’s never lost a bit of its appeal, thanks to the likes of images you’ve all shared above. I would never have imagined the vast variety of form and composition, feeling and mood, that consistently appears here.
The image below is from a couple of days ago when most of the sky featured little nubbins of cloud with this singular exception.
My goodness, nubbins is an actual word..Long ago somebody gave that as a nick name of a friend. Since then I thought it was slang..Got me there Keelin. Anyway, I’m drawn to the black “star” by the white linears.
Keelin, where Michael mentioned the infinite potentials of clouds you are amazed of consistent variety of pictures on this thread. You yourself also contribute to the variety with those nubbins that fell in your noggin. And at the same time my English vocabulary is enriched every day while checking the forum.
ArizonaB&W#134 is another great composition Michael.
My attempt today
Intriguing composition Hans!
Intriguing indeed Michael.
Named or unnamed, your images above are wondrous, Hans and Michael.
Hans, I cannot unsee what I saw immediately in My Attempt Today. Love it! Looks like it could have emerged right out of Micheal’s magical, mystical landscape in Arizona B&W#134. There are worlds of what? and whatnot up there!
yea just hangin around and whatnot…
ArizonaB&W#137 ..a Virga Spell
An amazing Whatnot and Virga Spell Keelin and Michael.
ArizonaB&W#138 Over the Moon
Nice composition with moon Michael.
Realizing (with some astonishment) that this will be post #100 to B&W Volume X, I enjoyed a stroll through the wild mix of the 99 images above. Wow, what a collection! Already eager to see what Vol XI may bring. Surely there will be plenty to keep us connecting.
I’ve Grown So Attached