November 27, 2019 — San Mateo County Coast
The storm was on its way out, heading east to make headlines. This was its last hurrah; clear sky was visible through the last squall.
I’ve mentioned that many (most?) of my influences worked in paint, not pixels. Chief among them is JMW Turner. To me, his later work changed the world of art definitively — to me, he is the father of Impressionism.
Toward the end of August, my wife and I wandered the Turner galleries at the Tate in London. It was like swimming in Turner. I basked. I marveled. I studied from across the room and from inches away. I came out drenched.
A few days later, we were in St. Paul’s Cathedral. As I stood among the tombs, I thought that Turner must be buried nearby. I looked down in deep thought, and what did I see beneath my feet? JMW Turner.
This image unabashedly shows some of Turner’s influence. I used a post-processing technique I developed several years ago, but haven’t used so explicitly for quite a while. It just seemed right for this image.
(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.0; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)