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When the Sky Defines the Composition

Mallos de Riglos, Aragon, Spain

The small village of Riglos, on the southern fringes of the Spanish Pyrenees, is not on the way to anywhere, but makes a worthwhile detour, if only for the dramatic rock spires – very popular with Spanish climbers – that rise up behind it. This was a place that demanded more time, and different light, but as is often the case, this was when I was there, in the middle of a windy afternoon. There was not much color at this time of day, so I chose to make it a black and white image. Fortunately, bands of clouds were blowing through, which helped avoid a predictable full-frame shot. I waited until an attractive band of clouds moved into position, allowing a vertical design that balanced the sky with the subject below.

The fact is, without the cloud, I could not have made a vertical image – the subject itself was horizontal. But the clouds were simply too irresistible, and in the end – they defined the picture.

Mallos de Riglos, Aragon, Spain
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