Shooting Challenge: Crazy Things You See In Clouds

You know when you see something in a cloud, and you wonder, am I just crazy, or does that cloud really look like a dragon being ridden by a pig eating a cotton candy hot dog? Well it's your lucky day. For this week's Shooting Challenge, take a photo of something crazy you see in a cloud. And we'll all let you know if we see it too.

The Challenge

Take a photo of a cloud. Tell us what you see in it.

The Technique

A few years ago, we ran a cloud Shooting Challenge (without the hallucinations attached) that had some good tips. Namely, you may want to use a polarizing lens filter if you're using a dSLR camera. (If you don't own one, they're super cheap.) Because you may want to really zoom into the image to explain your vision, a zoom lens with a tripod would certainly help, too.

The Example

Our lead image is from flickr's Nicolas Raymond. He calls it an angel cloud—I more see a phoenix or bat striking an attack post head-on.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.

2. Photos must be taken this week.

3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.

4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.

5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a natively sized image in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.

6. One submission per person.

7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.

9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Send your best photo by Monday, August 25th at 9AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Clouds" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameClouds.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameCloudsWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.