Just to complete the book-ends, here is a second composition of the fabulous thunderheads I photographed last weekend. Compared to the first view I showed, the light has gone down a bit further here, and the colors have deepened.
The more important difference is the framing. In the first case I chose a longer focal length to isolate the storm clouds above the canola field. A few stray power lines were hanging in mid-air, so I removed them as an unnecessary distraction. But in this case with a horizontal format and slightly wider focal length, I left the lines in. Choosing my framing, I was able to position the transmission tower as a counter-point to the brightest area of the cloud formation. Two separate subject elements — one natural, one man-made, both related by the theme of “power”.
Whenever I encounter a particularly compelling scene, I try to remember to make at least two compositions from it, one horizontal and one vertical. Even if I don’t pursue the view any further than that, the two orientations can be useful for different layouts. They can also allow influences within the frame to be shifted, as I did here with the transmission tower.