Winter weather produces some dramatic cloud formations, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It's all caused by warm Gulf Stream air running into cold Arctic air.
Although it can be a drag getting out of bed early on a cold winters morning to watch the sky, at least with nature's sky there's no installation fee, no monthly subscription charges and it's free to view, in full 3D.
Clouds can make a challenging subject to photograph. They are never the same, always moving, always changing and they can produce some breathtaking images. Here are a few tips for capturing their drama...
1. Never look directly at the sun, or through your camera viewfinder. This can damage your eyes.
2. Use a tripod. Clouds are constantly moving, but you need to keep your camera steady. Rest your camera on a solid, fixed support when you take the shot.
3. Avoid photographing in the middle of the day. The light at this time of day is very strong and you'll miss the subtle variations in colours. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times.
4. If you can choose the film speed on your camera choose a slower speed. Keep it under 200. Faster speeds create 'fuzzy' images which look like they were taken through a dusty lens.
5. If your photos don't turn out as dramatic as you'd hoped for try adding a bit more contrast in your photo editing program. This will create an effect similar to putting a polarising filter on your lens. It adds more definition between the clouds and the background sky.
Some of the drama of skyscapes can be lost on a bright computer screen, and they are sometimes better viewed as prints.