Stormy Weather

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California / Landscape / Nature / Photo Log / Photography


November 27, 2019 — Santa Cruz Mountains, looking west

Wind Advisory. Surf Advisory. Storm Advisory: Signs pointed to good for photography. Taken on the way back from the coast. The coast itself? Stay tuned.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.0; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. This has a strong graphic appeal. It’s interesting that you combine two really bold areas (top & bottom) with an area sandwiched between them that is full of quiet, soft transitions. And it works. The weather was your friend, as is the California landscape. 🙂

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    • Thank you again. The light between the two areas of dark is, as has been stated, already sort of a light sandwich. I like the juxtaposition of bold with subtle. But it’s a delicate balance. I threw out probably a dozen tries before I arrived at this.


  2. Ha weather forecasts, (the only one I trust in the UK is the nightly Shipping forecast from the Met office) always a harbinger of gloom in the winter months. But certainly worth a listen if you want really dramatic sky or fog images; unfortunately it usually means an early morning start.
    But for compensation it gets you superb images like the one you posted above.
    Then again it’s an excuse for a double breakfast on returning home.

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    • True, true. Although it’s also true that the weather comes when it come. These are afternoon shots. That’s why the dramatic light patterns on the water. Thank you very much for the compliment. More images coming.

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