Spring in the Rockies is such a fun time of the year. The days are longer and warmer but the storms are still moving through so the afternoons can be filled with some great cloud-filled skies. I know I’ve talked a lot about clouds before but they do add more unique elements to landscape photos than just a blue sky. Not only that, but when you have a nice lake reflecting that sky, all the clouds add more patterns to the water’s surface making that lake look more interesting. On top of all that, there is something peaceful about a nice calm spring afternoon outside.
Spring has become one of my truly favorite times of the year. Not only is it the start of the airshow circuit, fishing begins to pick back up but also the spring storms are back giving way to some amazing landscape opportunities. Almost daily you can find something interesting somewhere in the skies. The best part is that it’s always different. There is always something between the light and the formation that keeps it interesting.
This day started out with snow and over the course of the day it changed to an absolutely beautiful storm. You know it’s a great landscape day when you are wishing for a wider lens. Even with the D5 and 24-70 AF-S, I was wishing I had my 18-35mm. The sky was brilliant. One trick I learned long ago was to find an area where you didn’t need much land in the foreground to tell the story, because the story was in the clouds so why have a lot of land in the composition? Close down a little bit to make sure everything is sharp and then just fire away. It’s pretty darn simple but can be a lot of fun.