Blue sky think­ing

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On the sub­ject of skies, “not too blue, not too pretty” is Char­lie’s ad­vice. “When it comes to land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy there’s al­most noth­ing worse than a clear blue sky,” he ex­plains. “You just end up with im­ages that look like post­cards. Clouds add in­ter­est and tex­ture, help you to or­ches­trate the light [see Ex­pert Insight, left], and can even en­able you to es­tab­lish a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the sky and the land­scape that makes the viewer’s eye move back and forth from one to the other in a sat­is­fy­ing way, such as clouds that echo the shape of the sub­ject be­low, as in this im­age of a chest­nut tree.”

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