Buckham was the leading aerial photographer of his day and was renowned for his atmospheric shots of the landscape. He felt that the most spectacular cloud formations and theatrical light could be captured on “stormy days, with bursts of sunshine and occasional showers of rain”. Over the years Buckham amassed a vast collection of photographs of skies. In this photograph the contrasting light enhances the threatening nature of the clouds. The small biplane silhouetted against the bank of cloud was a later addition, painted in by Buckham to heighten the scene.