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A mmentous and enthralling photo from you, Paul. As ever, excellent and a veritable hallmark of your style of excellent photography paying, as it does, grand homage to a wonderful cloud vista. A meticul0usly and thoroughly well composed moody and atmospheric shot.
Most commendable indeed!
Thank you for the sharing of this.
A momentous and enthralling photo from you, Paul. As ever, excellent and a veritable hallmark of your style of excellent photography paying, as it does, grand homage to a wonderful cloud vista. A meticul0usly and thoroughly well composed moody and atmospheric shot.
Very commendable indeed!
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Wow, what a beautiful black and white composition this is! Also your former black and white (Misty Morning) is fantastic. Love it. Thanks Paul for sharing these pictures.
Thank you Hans.
Great shot, Paul, as ever from you.
This photo breathes the mystical stillness and calm of an early morn. Taken as it is in monochrome is perfect – it grandly accentuates the stark outline of the gaunt tree that is somehow struggling to survive in a harsh environment.
Oh my, Paul! This pic took away my breath for a second. Absolutely beautiful, even more so by the power of being black and white.
super atmospheric image more so in B&W
I certainly go along with Ginnie’s appreciative comment which I fully share.
Paul, another marvellous and truly atmospheric shot from you. It certainly “breathes” austere brooding mystery, foreboding and a sense of something sinister.
If I may, I think this photo somehow encapsulates what possibly might be a vista of a truly hostile environment of planet Venus where the runaway green house effects produce metal and rock melting temperatures and shroud the whole planet in cloud composed of concentrated sulphuric, nitric and hydrochloric acid.
Venus – Goddess of Love? Hmmm….
Thank you Ginnie, Michael and Laurence.
This just gorgeous and being over The Valley Of The Gods, adds more to its magnificence. Thanks, Paul, for sharing and for all the other very special photos. :)
Imaginative picture (neutral density filters probably). I take note of it. Good shot, Paul!.
Thank you Joan and Adolfo.
A comment from Paul…
“Today there is particular significance to this imagery, on the left, the two distinctive buttes are known as the “Bear’s Ears”, and are the namesake of our newest national monument, just proclaimed by president Obama yesterday. 1.3 million acres preserved for all humanity. This is a really big deal not only for those of us here in SE Utah, but for everyone, everywhere”.
Paul Martini, Bluff, Utah, USA.
As ever from you, Paul, a magnificent and faultless photo.
Picking up on your comment you and other CAS folk may like to see this news story contained in the BBC News website:-
It amplifies that which Paul has said. It is, excuse the pun, a monumental piece of preservation. Well deserved recognition of a fantastic landscape and Nature that dwells within it.
I love this picture Paul.
And …. Obama did well to leave not only this piece of nature protected against the short term interests of of destructive fossil industries, but also the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”) Marine National Monument . Thank him on behalf of mankind.
Thank you Laurence and Hans.
A faultless and outstanding piece of monochrome photography as ever from you, Paul.
This is Nature at her best! Beautiful lighting, composition with a good sense of heavy ponderousness of the storm to come.
Thanks for the sharing.
Thank you Laurence.
Indeed Paul, a supeb Image well composed and looks great in monochrome
A marvellous photo which certainly takes my admiration in really strong measure. It is superlative – and I mean just that.
In colour the photo would be very good indeed but I like the way you have elected to use monochrome. It adds testament to the austere bleak starkness and overall sense of desolation and emptiness of the whole scene. The heavy growling storm clouds above, accompanied by the oh so fortunate bolt / dagger lightning only adds to the sense of serious loneliness and abandonment.
I take BIG, BIG fancy to this photo. It innately appeals to me. If I were the author of the photo I would be immensely pleased with it.
Thanks for a memorable shot.
Thank you Laurence!
I can see five faces / figureheads in the lightning bolts here. Spot them! It is a bit of fun!
A very powerful and evocative shot, as ever, from you, Paul.
This is cloud drama – big fashion! The huge cloud in the centre certainly takes dramatic centre stage in no uncertain manner.
Taken in monochrome this photo exhibits true black and white rather than the all too often overall grey-ish insipid tones that pretend to be monochrome. That is what lends power and gravitas to this excellent photograph.
Simply amazing, Paul.
Well said, Ginnie.
Paul’s wondrous photos never fail to amaze us.
The VOTG (Valley Of The Gods) offers Paul, our photographer and regular contributor to the CAS’s Photo Gallery, much in the way of portrayal of very dramatic drama in the heavens above.
Marvellous – as ever!
Thanks you Ginnie and Laurence.
Stunning. Some how, that seems to not even describe it…. Paul…… WOW!!!!
Paul. What can I say but be mesmerized by such a lightning show and you got it captured!!! How artistic can you get!
As ever, Paul, you never fail to disappoint us with your marvellous and outstanding photographs. This latest submission by you onto the Photo Gallery is no exception.
I love monochrome photography of clouds as, previously, you know from me. This capture of my absolute favourite of clouds is a magnificent portrayal of their sheer size, power, majesty and omnipotence. Composition, exposure and careful use of dramatic lighting give very effective and powerful atmosphere to the overall scene. Another hallmark of your photography. I am sure other members will enjoy this photo much. You have done full justice to the “King of Kings Cloud”.
I love the face in the cloud looking at us from the LHS of the photo.
WOW! Again Paul., You have yet to fail to deliver. Ha, as Laurence said, you never fail to deliver….. Awesome share my friend, awesome….
Terrific shot, Paul!
Very dramatic and most atmospheric.
As ever, another masterpiece from you. As one CAS member said a wee while ago, you spoil us with great photos (not the exact words but something similar)
Oh, Paul — another one of your amazing photos! The skies in Utah seem to be even more beautiful than those you caught in California.
Thank you Laurence and Ginnie!
Dramatic, evocative and really moody. I love the employment of low foreground lighting contrasted with the glowering forbidding growling clouds above.
Excellent, as ever, from you, Paul.
This is certainly some dramatic photo, Paul. You sure get some damn awesome weather in your “neck of the woods”, so to speak. I have not seen forked lighting for ages.
I think the lightning bolt on the RHS of the photo is akin to a pterodactyl creature running fast away from the lighting forks on the LHS – maybe a bit too hot for it or sensing its tail maybe be torched!
Grand stuff from you, as ever. Many thanks.
Paul, your pics are always amazing. This one certainly fits in that category. I always hide indoors when the weather gets like this.
Please keep ’em comin’.
Thank you Laurence and Ginnie. And Ginnie, you have the right idea, I don’t advocate or recommend
going out in thunderstorms, and especially not loitering around a metal or graphite tripod. Just don’t.
As ever, Paul, a great and faultless photograph from you.
I like the way the rocky edifices somehow “support” the really heavy clouds above.
This excellent example of photography with both cloud and landscape brought much to the fore by the photographer, indeed, makes for a grand picture.
I love the heavy brooding clouds and the enlightening sunbeams shining and pouring down on a remote and dramatic landscape.
The rocky edifice is somehow evokes a stone god overlooking the stark and rather unforgiving landscape surveying and making sure all is well.
Another excellent shot, as ever, from you, Paul. You spoil us with grand austere beauty!
Great shot!! Southern Utah is magical for me and the skies add a touch of heaven. Excellent Paul. I love all your photos.
Thank you Joan.
Beautiful recession as wonderfully portrayed here. Where do trees become cloud, or, vice-versa? That is for your eye and imagination to solve.
This photo stole my breath, Paul. Glad you’re in Utah capturing some of the most beautiful views in the world. They’re even better with the amazing skies you give us.
I fully support Ginnie’s well said comment.
This photo is stupendous and magnificent in every way possible. Composition, exposure, atmosphere, drama and terrific use of natural lighting. This is some spectacle, be assured!
The careful employed use of foreground lighting contrasted against the glowering rain clouds in the background is, well, mind blowing. Castle Butte ( the second in stone pillar on the left hand side) adds great prominence to the overall scene.
This, I hope, will be voted for Cloud of the Month, and, maybe considered for the Society’s 2017 calendar.
This is a grand photo by any standard. I find this shot deeply satisfying. Thank you kindly, Paul.
Thank you Ginnie and Laurence, much appreciated.
Great Shot Paul! I am envious of your experience.
Another lovely portrayal of Castle Butte in sombre silhouette contrasted against harsh sunlit background with busy interesting clouds overhead.
Thanks, as ever.
I love this very much! This type of photo appeals to me greatly as it is so akin to my style of landscape and cloudscape photography, that is, when I was able to do photography.
There are just bags and bags of really lovely clouds here. What a spectacle! And the clouds are my topmost favourite . You have done good justice to them.
Thanks for this – another of your hallmarks! 5*’s from me, of course!
This makes for a glorious “screen saver”. This is my screensaver, par excellence! And, what a nice change to have it in monochrome.
Thanks again, Paul.
Look at this photo closely and you will find a lion at rest on top of the rock.
Really good shot!
Can really imagine being on top of that peak in the photograph on a clear day, looking up into the sky, imagining the vastness of our atmosphere, then looking below me and seeing the vast, high desert plateau of the Valley of the Gods in Utah, USA and start to begin to admire the beauty of the landscape of what God has created before us.
From Rebecca Hill
Love the composition of this photo, Paul, and thank you for maintaining the appreciation of black and white photography — practically a lost art these days.
I fully support Ginnie’s valued and well observed comments – well said at that.
That you posted a black/white (monochromatic) photo onto the photo gallery is always a refreshing pleasure, to say the least.
Photos in monochrome sure take some beating! That said, we see things in colour. Somehow monochrome endows a special quality and genre of its own…and no less when it comes to cloud and landscape images.
The serried softness of cloud vista is simply marvellous – and contrasts beautifully with the dry, unforgiving ruggedness of the landscape.
Stunning in every way imaginably. Composition – top hole, top notch. You spoil us with your marvellous photos! 10/10 for sure, from me!
As ever, kind thanks for sharing this beauty with us!
I like the top/down symetry of this picture, as reflected in a distorting mirror. B&W give the picture am atemporal atmosphere.
Thank you Ginnie, Laurence and Adolfo.
What more can I possibly add? What a great picture. Thanks!
yep! You got my vote!
An excelling photo in every way! Another grand example of your photographic masterpieces.
Valley of the Gods – well, I think “the Gods” have spoken in no hesitant way! What a shot!!! It just bowls me over good time. This photo is truly unforgettable! And I mean just that.
I’d love to see this photo included in the Society’s 2016 calendar!
Thanks, Paul – and keep safe!
Thank you Laurence and Linda.
Paul, your photos are always breath-taking, and this one is the best yet for me.
What a fantastic capture Paul .
Thank you Ginnie and John.