Study in blue – looking out to sea from Lizard Point, Cornwall; 19 Oct 2016.

Composition: a Minimalist image, take away the fluffy cloudlets and there’s really not much here, although it might still (just) work sans nuages.  But I like these little clouds – their shapes, fluffiness and colour – and the way they are at once separate from the dense, dark overcast – their relationship to this overcast is rather like that of little children skipping along beside their humourless, stolid, heavily pacing parents.  There is also that thin, linear break in the parental overcast just above these cloudlets – is it the trace of a smile? – perhaps their parents are not so humourless after all …

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujifilm lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom.



  1. What an interesting analogy you made there, Adrian, the clouds like skipping children, the dark sky the humorless, heavy parents. (Ask your psychologist pal what he thinks about it). 😉
    I like the painterly quality. Usually, I think I would be bothered by the lack of transparency or translucency, but this is like an oil or a gouache painting. Very nice, unexpectedly so for me.


    • Oh my psychologist pal, shown in People 396, thinks it means I’m “nuttier than a fruitcake”, with a side order of “the lights are on but nobody’s home” and also a lot of “I’m a little teapot short and stout, tip me this way and the tea pours out!”- I mean, I’ve seen her clinical notes, it was all there, just below “£5 each way on Happy Boy in the 3.30 at Ascot”, so there can’t be any doubt.

      Hearing painterly always makes me feel good – so, thank you; and I’m especially happy / grateful that this was unexpectedly pleasant. 🙂 🙂 🙂


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