Chasing winter cloud formations


The weather has been variable the past two days with an alternance of clear skies, cloudy periods and sometimes light snowfall. This leads to interesting cloud formations that I have been chasing to shoot over a vast expanse, which in Montreal essentially means over waters. All three pictures are shot from early to mid-afternoon. The previous image is shot from Parc des îles overlooking the Montreal skyline with the Sun just outside the left border. I wanted to emphasize the vastness of the skies compared to man-made structures so I used a wide lens.

The subsequent image is shot from Parc Saint-Louis in Lachine looking Eastward, away from the Sun. The cloud formation was quite isolated along clear blue skies so I used a medium telephoto to make it the main subject. I like the inversion from a typical landscape where the winterscape is lighter than the sky.


The subsequent image of the small lighthouse at the end of the jetty was shot in Parc Saint-Louis into the Sun looking Westward just before a light snowfall started. I like the fact that the snowscape is delimited from the clear skies at the far end by the dark waters of the Lake. I think that the dark band of clouds carried the very light snowfall we got a little bit later in the afternoon.


Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L lens, Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens


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