Buttermilk Sky Over English Bay Vancouver

September 11, 2014

2014 08 aug 26 Summer Myst 02a 5s hh

: Doug Farmer; Doug's Facebook page
Summary AuthorDoug Farmer

A large bank of mid-level clouds creates a textbook buttermilk or mackerel sky over misty English Bay, Vancouver as seen on August 26, 2014. This eye-catching altocumulus formation often precedes a change in the weather. The phrase "Mackerel in the sky, three days dry" proved true for this particular display. Three days after this shot was taken residents of the area woke to cloudy skies and a forecast of rain. The phrase “mackerel sky” comes from the cloud formation looking similar to the markings of an adult king mackerel.
Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D300; Lens: 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length: 18mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm); Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0002 s (1/6400); ISO equiv: 200; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.6 (Windows); Photomatix Pro V 5.0 post processing.