Capturing Cloud Shadows

Capturing Cloud Shadows

July 6th, 2022, 10:37 a.m. local time

Today’s image is from a couple of days ago, when I attempted to capture cloud shadows on a prairie field.  I was only partially successful since I did not get any shadow outlines on the ground, which were there only moments prior.  I was neither expecting nor planning to take any photographs on my walk that morning.  By the time I fiddled with my phone, the shadows were gone.

But you can, at least, see the stark contrast of formations in the sky above.  The emerging blue patch with the gray overcast from the Northwest made for a collision scene visually more ominous than it truly was.

As an added bonus, if you ever wondered what a typical Midwest prairie looks like – here it is.

Despite my hopes this week, the night skies have been thoroughly lousy for the past five days.  Today’s image, though from the day, still epitomized the futility in trying any binocular or telescope observation.  As an added bummer, the International Space Station is back in my evening sky, yet with no hope of seeing a flyby.  Next week’s forecast looks much clearer.  We shall see, hopefully.

Equipment Used:

  • iPhone XS handheld
  • f/1.8
  • 1/5700 sec exposure
  • ISO 24
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • Minor touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro


I write frequently about astrophotography, technology advice, and my other interests like science fiction. I have over 30 years of experience in computer programming, information technology, and project management.

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