Sky Reviews

May 15 2017

May 15

May 16 2017

May 16

May 17 2017

May 17

May 18 2017

May 18

May 19 2017

May 19

by Joey Cifelli ’19

May 15, 2017

This must be one of the best gradients we have had this year. Both in the drastic change of color, and smoothness of the transition. Often you will see nice color variation, but with shaky movement between those colors. Or a more subtle gradient with frictionless spreads but similar colors. Today we are fortunate enough to have it all. The blue begins almost as a white at the very bottom, which then gracefully completes the journey into a rich royal blue. Any trace of distortion is neatly covered by precise cloud placement. Excellent. 9.6/10

May 16, 2017

Today’s sky reminds me of a Bob Ross painting. I am sure a few of our readers remember Bob gently telling us how to make textured puffs of cloud, which he would then lightly blend back and forth, back and forth. It is really a shame that Bob is not with us anymore. I am sure he would appreciate this playground of wispy cotton tendrils in the sky (especially with them being titanium white). Those two streaks near the bottom left may seem like blemishes at first, but of course they are not. After all, we do not make mistakes here, only happy little accidents. 9.2/10

May 17, 2017

I had already taken today’s photo when I stumbled upon this scene. It is just the coolest thing ever, so I was compelled to go with this scene instead. Is this not a dragon breathing fire onto the cool waters of the sky? It totally is, which makes this sky one of the best realist scenes we have had this year. Unfortunately, we cannot view the entire head, but the mouth clearly opens out from the right; there is even a nice little crest on the upper jaw. And that fire manifesting across the entire stage compliments the idea of the dragon perfectly. Top reptile. 8.9/10

May 18, 2017

We have a unique cloud formation today; I do not think I have ever seen anything quite like it. There are not any identifiable shapes presenting themselves, nor any sort of particular texture. It is a stretch, but I can make out a crude steam train from this jumble. The stack puffing out of the top is what made me think of it, but the whole formation also slopes away at a smooth angle, like trains do. Well, that is my take on it. Hope you all had an otherwise interesting day in this blistering heat. 7.3/10

May 19, 2017

Another haphazard sky today, folks, though this one feels less crowded. The spattering of clouds across the light blue is reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting, if with less color. The lowest grouping has small clouds trailing behind the leader, which makes for a classic archipelago formation. This whole sky seems like a map, really. All the shapes contain the right coasts and are of a close size. They all surround a basin in the center, perhaps that could be this land’s ocean. Cartographers out there take note, these do not come around often. 8.6/10

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