Snow in the Clouds

Well, I can’t do it.  I can’t decide between the two images in this post.

Both were taken seconds apart from each other as I passed over the Cascade Mountain Range while inside a plane on approach into Sea-Tac Airport (did that count as a run-on sentence?).  I almost just wrote that it was a sunny day in the Pacific Northwest, but then I realized it wasn’t sunny at all.  One of the aspects of both these images is that there is thick cloud cover.  It was sunny up where I was at the time, but when I landed it was the same old grey and rainy Seattle I know and I love (at least, in a soggy way).

Being in a moving airplane, shooting out of a tiny window, you’ll perhaps understand why my opportunities for careful composition were somewhat limited.  I shoot what I can, and I got these two images.  I think they’re both okay, but if you had to pick one or the other, which one would it be?  Before you answer, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll mention that I’ve already posed the question to my photography forum of choice.  The responses were one-sided; there was only one choice.  They like the first one better.

By “first” I mean that I posted the image on top first in my original forum post.  I think I actually took that picture after the one that follows it.  So from now on “first” means “the one on top”.

So everyone thinks the first one is the better image.  Not one person even hinted at the notion that the second one might be stronger.  As you might have guessed, I’m a tad partial to the second one.  I think it’s because of the clouds in the upper part of the frame.  I like the undulations and layers of luminosity.  Layers of Luminosity – maybe that will be the name of my band.

Anyway, what do you think?  Do you, like everyone else, like the first image better, or is there anything about the second one you find redeeming in any way?

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