One of my favorite subjects to photograph is clouds. Recently I had the uncommon opportunity to photograph them on a flight back to Huntsville from Washington DC while sitting in a window seat that was very forward in the plane. This seat position meant that I had no visibility of the plane’s wings at all so it was a great chance to do cloud panoramas!

Click on these photo to see them in much better perspective.

Panoramas of clouds alone can be tricky to make as the clouds shift more that landscapes do, so it is more apt to confuse the software if you don’t capture all images quickly enough.
Vertical panoramas like the one above are a bit trickier still! The raw composition must not deviate very much from left or right so the software (Lightroom Classic here) will know it is vertical.
You also need to strive for the right balance between clouds and earth. Notice the layer of ‘dirt’ and moisture in the air beneath the clouds!
My favorite vertical panorama. I’m tempted to go looking at Google Maps to find this exact location somewhere between Scottsboro AL and Knoxville TN, probably.

My overall favorite from this photoshoot. Click for the best view!

About Pgibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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2 Responses to Clouds!

  1. Beth W. says:

    Beautiful! I love clouds too!

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