NoNoNoNo Revised

I wasn’t entirely happy with the picture of the clouds I posted this morning, but I wanted my first picture to be of the sky, just because of the irony of the weather. All morning I kept finding myself drawn back to look at it again, sure there was a better picture in there somewhere, but I couldn’t quite see how to get it out.

And then I tried turning it upside down. And somehow, the end result is a *much* more exciting picture – a bland overcast sky becomes dramatic and threatening, and just a touch fantastical.

The lesson I *should* take from this is not to rush to post a picture before I’m entirely happy with it, but the lesson I’m actually taking is that it’s good to cheat, so without further ado, here’s my revised first entry for NoNoNoNo. Just ignore that one up above ;-)

Overcast 2

NoNoNoNo Day 1

Typical. All this week the light in the mornings has had a wonderful quality that would have been fantastic for taking photos. I’ve been walking to work seeing the light shining through the new leaves, and imagining wonderful compositions of light and shade. I even thought about cheating and starting NoNoNoNo a few days early, but no, I decided to wait. So when I got up this morning, all ready to get out there with my camera, what did I see? Overcast sky and boring flat light.

But I refused to be daunted. I might not be able to get the light glinting through the leaves shots I dreamed of, but there’s always an interesting picture to be found if you search hard enough. For a start, what seems at first glance flat grey sky is rarely truly flat:

Overcast

For my second photo, I thought I’d go a little more abstract. The colours of bark on a gum tree caught my eye, and a little fiddling with contrast and brightness levels produced this:

Rainbow Gum

I did take a few other photos that I was happy with, but I think for now I’ll stick to the two-a-day rule, and put the extras aside as backup for a rainy day (probably literally ;-)).