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Sky Reviews May 22-26

May 26 2017

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May 22, 2017

Today’s sky cancelled due to rain and forgetfulness. See you tomorrow.

May 23, 2017

Waves lap onto the cool shores of the lake. You squint at the mist, trying to pierce its dense foliage. It does nothing. Oh, the waves are getting higher now, perhaps you should move your seat. Do not want to get cold feet at a time like this. You push against your chair, attempting to move it farther away without getting up. This does not work, of course, and the soaked sand eagerly takes this opportunity to begin eating your chair. Well, you are in quite a pickle now are you not. The waves continue to rise.

May 24, 2017

You try to contact the tower again, and for the fifth time receive only static. This damn mist must be interfering with the signal. Looks like you will be on your own this time, no problem. You guide your vessel with a strong arm and a steely eye, reckless confidence abound. Ha! And they made it seem so hard in academy. Metallic whips and bangs come from the edges of the hull. They mean nothing to you. You would like to see something get in your way. See how it fares when you come ramming through. That would be rich, ha! The noises from the hull cease. A looming form rises from the depths. The mist coils tighter.

May 25, 2017

You manage to climb up the ladder to your post. As if it would kill someone to have a few more people on watch. This is like, your fifth shift this week. Unsurprisingly, you cannot see more than a few feet into the lake. Even your fancy new binoculars are only able to provide a magnified view of the fog. Turning away from the lake, you decide to survey the surrounding village. Ugh, that guy with the Mercedes is driving off again. All he ever does is disappear into the forest for hours on end. You are not sure what he schemes about in there, but it is certainly nothing good. Disgruntled, you turn back toward the water just in time to see a glint of metal vanish under the surface. A car wails from the forest.

May 26, 2017

It is a new day. The mist has gone, the skies are clear, and everyone is enjoying the sunshine. You sit on the rickety old wicker chair on your porch, pondering. You have been feeling quite confused the last few days, for reasons unknown. Nothing out of the ordinary except for that odd vapor that rolled in the other day. Hmmm. You suppose it does not matter too much then, if you cannot even tell what bothered you. With a slight chuckle and shake of the head, you lean back and relax. Everything is fine, just as it has always been. 0/10

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Sky Reviews

May 15 2017

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May 16 2017

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May 17 2017

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May 18 2017

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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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Sky Reviews

May 8 2017

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May 12 2017

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by Joey Cifelli ’19

May 8, 2017

Continental plates colliding. The raw mechanisms of the Earth at their most base form. Grinding, mashing, twisting and churning they fulfill the purpose placed upon them. That is what we are dealing with here today. Three clouds of massive proportion are about to converge upon each other, resulting in what can only be described as a larger cloud. I am urging all of you to find a safe place to reside during this monumental event. It has become too dangerous for me to keep observing this phenomenon; protect yourselves and good luck. 9.3/10

May 9, 2017

Two main elements are the focus of this sky: symmetry and the wave. Those two clouds in the rising left are near perfect mirror images of each other. They evoke the image of a pair of wings; even their placement above the remaining scattered skystuffs is reminiscent of a bird in flight. The wave begins in the background of the wings, though it becomes more prominent further south. Defined edges lead to brushed wisps, which lazily lag behind until becoming flush with the blue. 8.4/10

May 10, 2017

Today’s sky reminds me of Albert Camu’s 1947 novel The Plague, in which a mysterious disease descends upon the fictional city of Oran. Fortunately, we only have these clouds settling down on our campus, though they too are mysterious. A brave band of clear sky is the only thing stopping the mass of clouds from completely enveloping our view. Perhaps it will survive, and tomorrow will be a brighter day. 7.7/10

May 11, 2017

Well that is what I get for being optimistic. Gray skies have now taken control of the entire celestial sphere, leaving us with a bleak monotone. There is a silver lining to this, however, which is that I managed to get a helicopter in the shot. I did not even notice until I started writing, but that tiny speck in the northeast quadrant is unmistakable. Zoom in on it and you can even see the pilot. What a pleasant gift on this dreary day. 7.9/10

May 12, 2017

Same gray color today, but much more texture. The slight turmoil within the clouds gives them the appearance of cotton balls, which is always satisfying to look at. Light coming in from above washes over the top and center, eventually trickling down to the treetops. The sides and those two mounds remain darker, acting as banks to the river of illumination. This is proof that colorless skies do not always have to be boring. 8.2/10

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Sky Reviews May 1-5

May 1 2017

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May 2 2017

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May 3 2017

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May 4 2017

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May 5 2017

May 5

by Joey Cifelli ’19

May 1, 2017

This picture makes me feel slightly woozy. The lighting is fine, but that giant pillar coming across on the diagonal freaks me out a bit. It is like a derailed steam train barreling right for us. The trees are just specks now, the ash gently swirling around our flaming trainwreck. There is something to be said about the beauty of a chugging and puffing steamer against the stark night, even if it is a long cloud in the middle of the day. 7.2/10

May 2, 2017

Today’s sky has to be one of the best we have had this year. I can only show one photo, but I must have taken at least fifteen throughout the day. The light in this is just amazing. Each minuscule bit of cloud is given so much depth because of the shadowing. We have a smooth gradient running in the background, which pops out the clouds even more so. The large formation in the West covers has a cutout in the center, allowing all those crumbs to share the spotlight. I am impressed. 10/10

May 3, 2017

Excellent use of framing and negative space today. Sometimes the clouds can smother the blue, and then it becomes flat and boring. The blue has a lot of room to breathe today though, so kudos. The clouds and the background subtly direct the eye towards the center top of the image, where the sun’s brilliant rays shine down like heavenly candles. Something to note is that the picture appears to be taken from the perspective of someone lying down. I was standing up when I got this shot, but it is a neat effect regardless. 9.1/10

May 4, 2017

This is definitely on the more bizarre end of the astral spectrum. It certainly is intriguing though, I will give it that. The clouds give me the image of a massive fish skeleton. The long spines are numerous, and they condense near the bottom to form the backbone. Unfortunately the head and tail are out of frame, but I imagine that they too elicit an aura of large aquatic-ness. I wonder what killed this creature. Maybe it was an asteroid, like with our dinosaurs. Or maybe Orion did it, that fish slaying jerk. 8.6/10

May 5, 2017

The gray clouds are gray. They swirl around like cotton candy in a cotton candy machine. Poetry in motion, and yet a still frame. The lights are the darkest object in this photo. The clouds are not the lightest or the darkest things in this photo, they are gray. 7.4/10

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Sky Reviews April 24-28

April 24 2017

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April 26 2017

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April 27 2017

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April 28 2017

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by Joey Cifelli ’19

April 24, 2017

Today’s color hex is 79818A for all you pigment geeks out there. We have sure been seeing a lot of it lately, hopefully that will change soon. I have done some reading up on sky omens, and apparently gray skies signify nervousness. That is understandable, with AP exams coming up. Maybe some bluer skies will come soon after. Let us be thankful that this is not a red sky though. If you are a sailor, you will know what I am talking about. Those things are just the worst, bringing in horrible winds and tides. No thank you. 6.2/10

April 25, 2017

Well, nothing has changed since yesterday, which leads me to believe that we may have angered some sort of weather deity. According to Xhosa mythology, Xu is the supreme god of creation, and the weather. In Norse, it is the god Freyr, and Zeus in Greek. If anyone has been performing some sort of mythical incantation or ancient spell, that is probably the cause of this bland weather. Please stop angering the gods, whoever is doing this. Let us hope tomorrow brings more pleasing skies. 5.2/10

April 26, 2017

Honestly this is just ridiculous at this point. The sky seems unwilling to change face, even after three days of incessant nagging. This is eerily close to being a Groundhog Day situation, where we experience the same day over and over again. I do not remember what Bill Murray does to free himself from the cycle, but anyone who does know is welcome to tell me. I do not think we can take much more of this. 4.2/10

April 27, 2017

Well well well…the gray sky plague is finally showing a few chinks in its armor. We still have majority control by the gray, but there is definitely some blue noticeable in the upper left and right corners. Could this be a signal for a much greater change in the future? Hopefully so. Of course, this could also just be a fake-out, and nothing will change. I prefer to think of these blue whispers as a scouting team, readying for the vanguard to arrive. Tune in tomorrow to see the final results! 5.2/10

April 28, 2017

At Last! 10/10

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Sky Reviews April 17-21

by Joey Cifelli ’19

April 17 2017

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Copy of April 20 2017

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Copy of April 21 2017

April 21

April 17, 2017

The clouds look airbrushed today, which may or may not be a fault of the camera. Some galactic graffiti artist may have decided to tag our blue marble today. Not a very creative tag to use, but hey, to each his own. It is possible that space people have different tastes than we do; this could be on the cutting edge of the bland cloud industry. Avant Garde street art aside, this sky poses a problem. If a rogue artist did this to our planet, I would hate to see what the street cleaners have in store. 7.7/10

April 18, 2017

Today’s sky is impressively empty. A vast wasteland silently hanging over our heads, saying nothing, because anything else would be too much. Not even a plane dared to cross this celestial desert. Despite its looming endlessness, the sky has a certain stark beauty to it. We are so used to the small shifts and changes that we see up high, that it is startling when all we can see is one tone. Startling in a good way though, like when a strange looking meal actually tastes delicious. “Oh, that’s quite good after all.” (tilt your screen up to see the night) 9.2/10

April 19, 2017

Lots of great skyscapes today. For the record, they were all better than the one shown here. I picked this because the cloud on the left kind of looks like Great Britain. The lower half does, at least. Scotland is looking pretty shriveled up right now. If you believe in sky-based omens, perhaps this would be a bad time to invest in Scottish interests. I did not realize it at the time, but the cloud to the right of Great Britain is a massive Ireland. Expect a huge increase in Ireland’s industry, or some very strange geologic activity around the British Isles. 6.4/10

April 20, 2017

Good use of negative space here. I am looking at the left side clouds, where the blue between the layers gives off the illusion that they are stacked on top of one another. The layers of cloud get smaller as they rise, too, so that they form a mountain. Alternatively, those cloud layers could be a shore to the gentle river flowing across Northeast. I have just noticed the speck of tree branch in the upper right corner. There were not any trees around me when I took this photo, so I have no idea where that could have come from. Maybe it is still there. 8.8/10

April 21, 2017

Bland, gray, and boring. Just another soupy mess. 5.5/10

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Sky Reviews April 10-14

April 10 2017

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April 11 2017

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April 12 2017

April 12

April 13 2017

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April 14 2017

April 14

by Joey Cifelli ’19

April 10, 2017

Azure sky. If that is what you wanted, that is what we have got. Truly a modern classic, featuring, simply, some subtle clouds (and a lot of commas). Over in the northeast quadrant a storm is forming. Fortunately, we happen to be in the eye of the storm, so it is only pleasant. There is really not much else going on here, honestly. You all know how these Cloud Lite days can be. A scar is slowly disappearing down in the south. A great battle might have occurred  there, or an unsavory cutlery accident. Let’s hope it heals. 8.5/10

April 11, 2017

Controversial subject today. Does the negative space in the south form a boat, or a tank? I stand firmly with Team Boat, and frankly, you all should too. Anyone who thinks this boat is a tank must have flawed knowledge of vehicular geometry. The bottom of the form is clearly rounded, like a boat, and the top is flat. This boat even has a driver, embodied in that spherical shape near the keel. We cannot forget the color of the sky either. It is blue, similar to a few bodies of water we have probably all seen. Do tanks traverse the oceans? I should think not. 7.7/10

April 12, 2017

Luckily I managed to snag this photo before the sun came breaking through. Sunny days are fine, but they lack many of the complex crooks and crevices and whorls that cloudy days possess. Today, for instance, there’s a beautiful quilted pattern all along the northern regions. It’s as though the clouds were lovingly stitched together by some nice old lady just for us. What a wonderful gift to receive, truly. I suspect the sun will be back out again at some point (hopefully), but until then, enjoy our handcrafted sky. 9.2/10

April 13, 2017

That falcon formation front and center is the only reason I decided to go with this shot. I am just assuming it is a falcon too, since I am not a huge ornithology expert. I suppose a phoenix or peacock would also be acceptable. I love how the head of the bird is being blurred by the looser cloud haze, while the wing and tail remain solid. It gives off the impression of a diving motion, implying that the creature is on the hunt. There might be a vole out of frame then, or whatever cloud formations like to eat. We should all be safe from its eye, but you never can get too careful with these things. 8.3/10

April 14, 2017

What a beauty we have here today. We are seeing some similarity to the quilted pattern from Wednesday, but less packed, and with a greater sense of depth. The clouds are concentrated in the south, and spread uniformly outwards from there, leaving fractures and faults along the outer rim. This reminds me of a beach shore; loose land lazily waning into waves. It appears that we are at low tide now, due to the relatively low blue visible, but that will change eventually. Hopefully a few of you will be down here to see that happen. 9.5/10

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Sky Reviews

April 3 2017

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April 7 2017

April 7

by Joey Cifelli ’19

April 3, 2017

Billowing and bellowing, as far as I am concerned. That is the kind of sky we are dealing with here. A rather blustery day, Pooh might say. The clouds roll like the hills of Yorkshire, I understand. Or the waves of the Pacific, if you are into that sort of thing. Those two darker gray splotches near the Northwest look similar to eyes. If we can accept that, then the bright light area and the dark bar underneath are a nose/mouth or nose/mustache combo. Honestly, once we discovered the face, it ruined the rest of the sky. It is difficult to concentrate on the murky bits to the East now. If the same has afflicted you, our apologies. 9.1/10

April 4, 2017

We decided to go with a close up shot today. It is a deviation from the norm, we know, but this one is worth it. This whole day was chock full of intriguing cloud portraits, actually. This just happens to be the one we went with. A new flavor of ice cream based on this example would be called Ethereal Swirl, I imagine. These drops of periwinkle whisked in with the cream puffs look delightful, and probably taste even better. Some sort of Wyvern or sky serpent appears to be crossing over the Northeast section. We only see the body, and maybe a hint of a claw, but the rest remains a mystery. 9.4/10

April 5, 2017

The way the three lights along the horizontal axis line up make it feel like we are all on an alien planet. Very cool. In all seriousness though, we have no idea what those two lights beside the sun are. UFOs, maybe, or breaks in our cloud cover. Regardless, their symmetry is impeccable; they must have coordinated it. The clouds make a satisfying curtain, which mutes the intense light we see in those center three areas. We can tell it is been thoroughly used, from the worn marks near the South and Southeast. If the curtain ever gets pulled, it will be interesting to see what is on the other side. 9.7/10

April 6, 2017

Great palette today. We have traditional grays and whites, as well as dark blue in the background, and the yellow of the branches. Shot from a new vantage point today, which is why we get to see those complimentary trees. We could have gone to the usual place, but this shot was too good to resist. This sky elicits the image of a pastry of some sort. The trees make a crumbly crust, the solid blue sky forms a dense filling, and the clouds make perfect whipped cream. Certainly a creation that would make both bakers and astronomers jealous. 9.8/10

April 7, 2017

What a way to end the week. A beautiful, conflicting sky that mixes warmth and chill. This picture was taken at dusk, so we get to see bright moonlight on the right, and the receding glow traveling to the left. A small beacon of illumination breaks through the chaos, near the tiny cavern to the center right. It could be a single star, or a plane. It all looks the same from here. There is something comforting about knowing that, the object we observe could be a fireball many times the size of our own planet, or a metal carriage carrying people. To us on the ground, they are equal in this cosmic desert. 10/10

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Sky Report

by Joey Cifelli ’19

March 27, 2017

Starting off the week with some gloomy notes, it seems. Ah well, a mellow, cloudy day never hurt anyone. Perhaps this is an omen of the tumultuous times sure to come. Anyway, we here at the studio like to think of these skies as blank canvases. Simple, open to interpretation, and maybe a little bit unexciting. Please feel free to add in your own visions of what this sky could be. 7.7/10

March 28, 2017

Today’s sky is almost a perfect copy of what we had yesterday, which leads me to believe that we might be dealing with identical twins. If so, it is worth deciding which is which, in relation to the Sprouse twins of course. This sky is almost certainly Cole. It’s slightly lighter tone is clearly a direct connection to Cole’s more whimsical nature. Yesterday’s serious mood reflects the dark horse aura Dylan Sprouse carries around him. It should be noted that our opinions on the Sprouse twins are subjective, and should not be taken as fact. 7.7/10

March 29, 2017

The gloom has finally receded, leaving us with a chipper blue gradient to admire. The darkest blues are appearing in the Northeast, which is slightly unusual. Normally they would occupy the entire North, but the extra light from the sun takes up more space. I believe this is the first time people have been in the shot, so there’s a new milestone. They provide a good reference point for the scope of the image. I’d estimate that the tall tree to the right of them is about eleven persons high, adjusting for inflation, and the sky is fifteen thousand persons high. 7.3/10

March 30, 2017

Quite a work of art we have here today. I see at least three separate cloud formations all emerging from a single point. The emergence of these clouds from the East is reminiscent of the Big Bang, the explosion that brought the universe into existence. What we are seeing now is still that same stardust, just manifested in a unique way. The ribbed pattern of the formation in the Northeast has a stair-like appearance, which acts as a bridge over the more turbulent clouds beneath. Meanwhile in the West, splinters of pale blue are fracturing the dense cover. Maybe they will break through completely, but then again, maybe not. 8.5/10

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Sky Reviews March 21 to 24

March 21 2017

March 21

March 22 2017

March 22

March 23 2017

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March 24 2017

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March 21, 2017

Hello friends, great to be here in 3rd term, hope everyone had a nice break! You might not be able to see it from this picture, but it was insanely bright out today. I had to stare into the sun for a little bit to grab this photo, so I am writing blind here. We have some gentle layers manifesting in the West, with a hint of our sun resting on top. The clearer skies in the East are rounded off by that sky trail plane thing. I am not entirely sure what the proper name for that line in the middle is, so I will be vague until I know. 7.1/10

March 22, 2017

We have a radiant shot of our solar system’s center today. Aside from the swell sky color gradient, there is not much going on, so I will just give you all some neat facts about our home star. The sun contains over 99.8% of the mass in our solar system, a large enough percentage that the mass of Earth could be considered a rounding error. Despite the sun’s incredible mass, it will eventually collapse to around the size of Earth, somewhat poetically. The sun also generates solar winds. I have not bothered to look them up because they sound fun enough as is. 6.8/10

March 23, 2017

The sky we have here is a perfect display of color and minimalism. I usually take my photos in the afternoon, but the evening was so nice I could not help myself. Due to the later timing, we get that gorgeous warm orchard hue near the treetops. That gentle heat slowly shifts into a cooling lavender as we move north. Now, those colors would make the sky amazing as is, but there is another little touch that really completes the package. That tiny hint of a cloud in the northwest corner is just visible enough to give off the impression of a paint stroke. And the light purple mixed in with the wispy white contrasts pleasingly with the darkness behind. 9.3/10

March 24, 2017

Slightly turbulent sky out today. While it is often an omen of stormy weather, until then we get some great cloud masses. The foreground contains a few classic dark clouds, with specks of light powdered over like confectioner’s sugar. These give way to a lighter background, where the clouds eventually drop off completely. The band of cloudless sky in the very back provides good scaling for that front collection, as well as shedding some shy blues in the greater left and right. Overall, a neat example of the great variety we can see in a single sky. 8.4/10

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