“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes” says Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s the first thing we see outside when we look up – vast, encompassing, restless and inconstant – features which make it a magnet for photographers. If you’re a nature, outdoor or landscape shooter, the sky is a great backdrop to your foregrounds or subjects. Sometimes they become subjects themselves being attractive, constantly evolving and colorful. More often than not, we make them the canvas or background in our frame as we find interesting focal points. When I’m out on location, first thing I do is look up and see where the sun is and how its light falls on the surrounding areas. Our instinct of observation kicks in, we eye how the clouds form and, depending on time of day, see how light affects things. You know you get dramatic colors during sunset and sunrise, and those are the golden hours preferred by photographers. But mid-day sky will not escape our notice especially if it has interesting cloud formation. As always we look for the appealing and pleasing, and the sky almost always never fails us in this respect, in whatever weather. Even thunderstorms in the horizon will give us the most incredible view. Just don’t get caught beneath it or all you’ll be taking pictures of are droplets on your window pane as you sip coffee and wait for the rain to subside. Here are simple tips from PhotographyMad.com on Photographing Dramatic Skies. The article suggests the time to best capture the sky, to add the clouds in the image, to include objects or foregrounds, using wide-angle for our shots, and setting the white balance in the camera. You will never see the same sky twice, it is always changing and shifting. Don’t pass up on the most astounding sky scenery, capture it. Passionate photographers may not lug around their bulky DSLRs all the time, but they will not go out without their backup – the handy, carry-anywhere point and shoot cam. Such as the time when I chanced upon an amazing sunset along a coastal road. I parked the car off the road, pulled out the P&S from my belt pouch and crouched low to capture a slender, foot-high plant. The above picture was the result.