Blue Sky Day, Western North Carolina

Blue Sky Day, Western N. Carolina

Blue Sky Day – Western N. Carolina, USA

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If you are a follower on, you have probably noticed the absence of clear blue skies. I’m not really a blue sky guy. Perhaps clouds hold more meaning for me, especially if they are surreal looking or form a shroud of mystery over the landscape…but never say never. With the help of a circular polarizer over the lens, I was able to make this clear blue sky even more dramatic.

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Nikon N90S SLRAF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, B+W Slimline circular polarizer Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headNikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner


21 thoughts on “Blue Sky Day, Western North Carolina

  1. nicolethompson: Thanks for liking my image “Blue Sky Day, Western North Carolina”, and I’m so glad you decided to follow At the beginning of the week, I post one of my images with a description of how and why I made the capture. Mid-week, I post famous artists quotes from some of the greatest minds in the art world. Welcome!


  2. rabirius: Thank you for liking “Blue Sky Day, Western North Carolina”. This land was once part of the Cherokee Nation. I think about this every time I click the shutter in Western N. Carolina. I can feel their souls.


      • We are all influenced by our subjectivity, and it is this subjectiveness in every artist that makes it difficult to think in any other way. Luckily, everything intrigues me so the sun manages to shine through on occasion.

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  3. Ahhhhhh so soothing! I really like the way the sky changed in colour from a soft, blue to a rich vibrant almost navy blue….

    I have some questions!

    What is a polarizer, how do you use it?
    is it something I could use?

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    • Thank you Nature’s Child. I’m so glad you liked this capture.

      Digital photography has done away with having to have 10 or more lens filters in your bag at all times. A circular polarizer is one of two filters still worth carrying around, the other being ND (neutral density) filters. When the sun cooperates by being at the right angle, you twist the polarizer until you find the right amount polarization/darkening of the blue sky, especially at the edges (vignetting).

      This can be done in post processing, but I prefer the in-camera method. It feels more organic to me since I came up in the film era when everything had to be done in-camera.

      I should qualify that by saying almost everything because there was a lot of dodging and burning and other techniques going on in the wet darkroom.

      So the answer is; yes, you should consider trying a circular polarizer.

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  4. Man of many thoughts: Thanks for liking “Blue Sky Day, Western North Carolina”. I knew a very good architectural photographer in Los Angeles named David Kessler that used to get this color in his skies. This was an attempt to replicate that color.


  5. Edge of Humanity Magazine: Thanks for liking my image “Blue Sky Day”. This is one of my most 3 dimensional images. It employs techniques used by painters to show depth in layers from foreground/subject to background. Being a transparency film, Kodachrome 25 and 64 can pull this off.

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