Reaching Unto The Clouds

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© Andrea Petersen
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Thy mercy O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Psalms 36: 5

This afternoon I couldn't help but notice the clouds. They reminded me of angel wings..I was in the parking lot of a grocery store when I shot this picture...and remarked to a lady walking past how pretty the clouds were ..she said she didn't notice them until she saw me taking pictures. That really surprised me:)

I decided to enter this into the Ripple theme, because clouds are vaporous
and it is showing a rippled effect.

Thank you very much Donald Garrett for the generous spotlight!!!
Thank you also very much JanElle (Heather) for the Nomination.

in response to your questions, Bailey Cooper, I really did not do a lot to this picture in post processing but here is what I did in my old Adobe Photo Deluxe shop ..I used the Instant Fix, worked with the contrast to deepen the tones, and also used an un-sharp mask filter that adjusts to the degree of sharpness needed ...I went around the edges of the picture a tiny bit with a feathered filter....I don't have fancy new photo shops installed but just use the basics ..My computer crashed last week due to an electrical storm and even lost some of my original programs in my Adobe photo Deluxe and am using what I have until all the problems get fixed with the new operating system... I stopped down manually in my camera to a small aperture F/ 16 to get as much detail in the sky as I could to safely hand hold at 1/100 sec. when I shot the picture. The yellow tones might have been produced from an 81B Hoya filter I had on my 200 mm lens and when I adjusted the Instant fix and contrast in my Adobe photo shop it also deepened the darker shades of the clouds in the sky. Thank you for asking...Yes, I agree Leslie, I think it was spiritual. My husband and I planted some rose bushes in the ground that I bought from money given to me from friends to buy as a memorial for my late mother . In the afternoon that same day this past Friday I saw these clouds in the sky and it gave me so much pleasure to see these "angel wings" my beautiful mother who passed away in Oct. of 2011 was one of the angels in my life...

84 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    Andrea, wonderful clouds

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    Completely amazing! Beautiful detail...looks like swirls of cotton candy.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    WOW! What an amazing sky and capture!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (23 Jun 2012):

    Great capture! Great eye!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    Awesome shot!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    Brilliant sky capture, they do remind me of angel wings also !!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Jun 2012):


  • Amita Manandhar

    Amita Manandhar gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    looks like a painting :)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (23 Jun 2012):

    Thank you all for your kind words..It pays to look up to see the beauty above our heads and I have enjoyed watching the formations in clouds since I was a
    child...I stopped down to F/16 for this shot, exposure time 1/100 sec. with
    140 ISO.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    Andrea, I cannot go outside without looking at the clouds....this is brilliant

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (23 Jun 2012):

    A cloud with wings. So that's how they stay up there!

  • JanElle

    JanElle gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    Not just any clouds.. these are very striking indeed, an awesome capture, Andrea!! Love this!!

  • P L.

    P L. (Deleted) said (23 Jun 2012):

    Just beautiful:)

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (23 Jun 2012):

    The wings are pretty cool. Was wondering what you did in post-processing to add the yellows, darken the sky and upper right corner, increase the grain, and harden the edges of the clouds.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    this is breathtaking, Andrea! i'd almost have to say it's spiritual!

  • Lisa

    Lisa gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    awesome shot !!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    Wow! What an amazing sky!! And thank you for providing the steps you used in your Photoshop program.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    From the hard and crisp to the soft and flowing...Exquisite Andrea!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    Just beautiful and very spiritual..

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (24 Jun 2012):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    WONDERFUL, beautiful angle wings in the clouds!!! I cannot imagine anyone who does not look up at the clouds and enjoy them, but there are many that never do. You did excellent work with you older photoshop program and I enjoyed reading just what you did.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (24 Jun 2012):

    I have a photo of sun and clouds that I love and have posted it 2-3 times after tweaking it but I can't seem to get what I want.... more like this. Thanks for the tips. Once more with feeling then.

  • Pamela Haberman

    Pamela Haberman   gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    This photo is arresting. Just magnificent!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    gorgeous formations on a field of deep blue!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    A most excellent entry.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    fantastic capture. great entry

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    Glorious! Looks as if an angel in in flight. A major fav, my friend.


    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (29 Jun 2012):


  • Robert Versteegen

    Robert Versteegen (Deleted) said (2 Jul 2012):

    excellent one

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solís

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solís   gave props (4 Jul 2012):


  • JanElle

    JanElle gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Back to vote.. love this image!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (30 Jul 2012):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    back to vote

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jul 2012):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins said (30 Jul 2012):


  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    BTV....on another visit to a fab shot


    JOE FAILK gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Back to Vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    You have a great eye -- voted!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (1 Aug 2012):


  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    WOW!!!! voted!

  • Mattia Pasotti

    Mattia Pasotti gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    Great! I love clouds

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (8 Aug 2012):

    BTV!!! I thought that I had voted already, it must have not 'taken'.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (9 Aug 2012):

    Original & Beautiful for theme!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (13 Aug 2012):

    amazing shot!!!Vote!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 Aug 2012):

    this is a fantastic theme entry! great cloud formation. voted

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (20 Aug 2012):

    Such a beautiful entry! Before I started my photography hobby, I rarely looked at the clouds. It is a shame what we miss when we don't look up. Great entry, Andrea. voted.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (22 Aug 2012):

    Back to Vote!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte   gave props (31 Aug 2012):

    Beautiful ! My vote !

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (7 Sep 2012):


  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (9 Sep 2012):

    I can't have enough of the clouds! Great shot and entry!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (12 Sep 2012):

    oh yeah, back to vote.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (16 Sep 2012):


  • elle

    elle gave props (24 Sep 2012):

    wow gorgeous .. my vote

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (26 Sep 2012):

    Magical sky - awesome - voted!

  • Darion Hamby

    Darion Hamby gave props (26 Sep 2012):

    Great shot! Got my vote!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (17 Oct 2012):

    Big Devonshire clotted Cream clouds swirling in the warm blue tea sky.....gorgeous. Vote.

  • Harsh Wardhan

    Harsh Wardhan said (4 Nov 2012):

    A definite yeah!!!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (7 Nov 2012):

    This is magic, voted!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 Nov 2012):


  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   said (27 Nov 2012):

    My vote!

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (15 Dec 2012):

    Excelente capturar! Mi voto.

  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (26 Dec 2012):

    Super nice!!!! voted

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (28 Dec 2012):

    What a wonderful image, Andrea. I love the colors and contrast. This is one that ought to be framed and hanging on a wall. "Yeah!" R

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    Great entry, great shot.

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    beautiful image, nice color and expression

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (21 Feb 2013):

    voted..a great shot for the theme!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (28 Feb 2013):


  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (2 May 2013):

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL picture. well spotted and captured and great entry to the theme

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (31 May 2013):

    This image is wonderful. How did I miss it before? Voted.

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (25 Jun 2013):

    Nice Sky Ripple!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (5 Jul 2013):

    Soft and gentle on the senses...very well done.

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (5 Jul 2013):

    voted too.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (16 Jul 2013):

    WOW WOW WOW !!!!! My vote!!

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (31 Aug 2013):

    got my vote

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (5 Sep 2013):

    Nice one. Voted

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (24 Aug 2015):

    a beautiful image! voted!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (25 Aug 2015):

    Sky Ripples! Wonderful shot! GMV

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Aug 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!


    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (27 Aug 2015):

    Spectacular, Andrea! Voted.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth   said (28 Aug 2015):

    Truly beautiful ! Voted !

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (31 Aug 2015):


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