Posts Tagged ‘Clouds’

Light Observation #9 – Two Different Skies

  1. Date: 3/30/18, Time: about 7 pm, Location: JCPenney @ Roosevelt Field Mall
  2. I walk outside of JCPenney into the top level of the parking lot and the sky is split: one side is a sunset, the other is cloudy with drizzling and a rainbow.
  3. I come out of the mall with a friend of mine after an evening of young adult chicanery, when I look to my right, only to see a gray sky with rain and the faintest image of a rainbow. I look to the other side and there is a bright orange sunset looming over in the distance. The sky could not decide how it would be painted, so it chose both sides, each a sight in their own unique way.

Photo Observation #1

Title: “Sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island”

Photo Credits: Robert F. Bukaty

Location: Acadia National Park, Maine

Theme: Sunrise/Sunset

“The sun just breaks over the horizon in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island (MDI). This view is from the short causeway between Thompson Island (on the left) and Mount Desert Island (on the right). Thompson Island is within the municipality of Trenton, Maine but is also part of Acadia National Park.”  (x)

This photo stood out to me mainly because of its symmetrical nature. I am very much intrigued by the glassiness of the water and its ability to reflect not only the physical objects like the trees and the clouds but the vibrant negative spaces created by the sun’s light. Looking at this photo makes me feel as if I am about to take a deep breath of cold, refreshing, air. Even though I know the morning air in this picture would be quite cold, it is evident by the surface of the water that there is no wind. The rich red/orange tones of the sunlight add so much warmth to this photo and is enhanced by the dark almost blackness of the silhouetted trees. I would love to be on this beach with a hot cup of coffee and the companionship of someone I care about…it’s too beautiful not to share.

Lighting Observation 2

1) Wednesday, 2/8/14, 11:15PM, Outside the Spiegel

2) The white moon, surrounded by clouds, almost full.

3) I looked up as I was waiting to get into Cabaret and I saw the moon peeking out from some clouds. I started thinking about how everyone was so sure that it wasn’t actually going to snow in the morning, but the encroaching clouds said otherwise. I was excited to have the day off from classes to be able to play in the coming snow. As I stared at the moon, the clouds slowly started to cover it, glowing softly and lighting up the sky.

Photo #1 Sunset

Red Sky at Night, Shepard’s Delight

Photo taken by me, December 23rd 2016 at Heathrow Airport.

Theme: Sunset

The highlights and shadows of the suns rays give the clouds the appearance of crashing waves across the sky crashing towards the horizon, as the setting suns glow spreads across the horizon like light reflecting on the sea.

Photo Observation


Photo Credit:

Theme: Hot

Description: I was amazed when I saw this picture, and it was even more impressive when I zoomed in on it. The way the orange sunlight filters through the clouds makes it look as if the sky is on fire, and few things in the world are hotter than fire. The stark contrast of the bright sky against the dark, quiet forest almost gives you the illusion that you’re standing on a mountain observing an enormous forest fire far away – but it’s just an optical illusion, which makes it particularly cool (or should I say hot) … (sorry for the lame joke.)

Photo Observation


Taken by: Katie O’Keefe

Theme: Sunrise/Sunset

This is a photo I took walking across the unispan on Friday night. The contrast of the natural beauty of the sunset with the synthetic light from the headlights and taillights of the cars zipping by on the turnpike below perfectly highlights the things I love about Hofstra, the combination of natural beauty while being just a hop, skip, and a jump from one of the most bustling cities in the world.

Photo Observation



Photo credit: Me!

Theme: Sunrise / sunset

Description: This is a picture that I took from the 13th floor of Estabrook Hall as the sun was setting. Man, Hofstra has some impressive sunsets. I’m not used to seeing really good sunsets like this because I live in a heavily forested area, so the trees usually obscure any cool views like this one. I looked out the window one evening to see this and was simply amazed. I love how the color of the clouds fade from yellow to stormy blue, not to mention how intense and concentrated the colors are. Beautiful sunsets such as this are magical because they make an ordinary place look extraordinary.

Light Observation #10

1. 12:42 AM April 7th 2013 – Netherlands Courtyard

2. I am outside smoking a cigarette. I look up at the clouds in the sky. they are glowing light blue from an unknown light source.

3. I am filled with a sense of wonder and excitement. I look up and see puffy light blue clouds glowing up the night sky. The moon is nowhere to be found. At first, I figure the clouds are being lit by the moon behind it. But when I look up, and really search, a ray of moonlight is nowhere to be found. Then I look at the clouds. I see light tints of amber and green, some yellow, and blue, even a hint of purple and pink. I realize that the light source is the world. I am living and breathing on a planet with the power to shine past the clouds and into the galaxies. I am filled with a never ending joy of power and excitement. Nothing can stop me for I am on the world and I am living. I too, like the globe, can shine.

Photo Observation: Hot #7


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3. Theme: Hot

4. Looking at this photo, my mouth begins to dry and I become parched. When I thought of the theme “hot”, I immediately thought desert sun. There is something about the sun shines through the clouds  and spreads it’s beams wide. The variety of reds, oranges, and yellows, fill the sky creating an image of fire in the sky. Sunlight always warms you and is correlated with “hot”. Even on the coldest day, everything seems that much better when you are in the sun instead of shadows. It’s heat is a strong memory in the brain and therefore, the light itself triggers that feeling of hot power beating up against your skin. This picture is a perfect visual for that feeling. When you look at it, you get a little tingle against your skin because your mind wants to experience the sensation of heat it gets when it see’s the same image in the sky.

Lighting Observation #6

1) 12:45pm, March 6, 2013, Outside of Student Center Parking Lot

2) It was a cloudy day, but during this time, I saw the sun come out and you could see the clouds passing by in the sky. The sun was in the middle of the sky where I was standing.

3) The sun unexpectedly came out on this cloudy day. It was a surprise to me because I knew the weather for the day was not going to be good and normally when it snows, the sky is a dark grey and cloudy. Seeing the bright yellow, sun put a new spin to the weather that day and brought a positive few minutes to the weather.