Chasing winter cloud formations

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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.

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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.

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

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