Storm Clouds, Shell Beach, The Sea Ranch
After a long quiescent period, I’ve added a new monochrome collection to Gallery Two (Monochrome): Winter Clouds.
This study of clouds along the North Coast of California during the winter rainy season emphasizes the texture of dark nimbus clouds approaching the coast and light, fluffy cumulus clouds that frequently appear at low-levels after storms pass and the sun warms the ocean meadow.
The winter of 2016-2017 brought copious rainfall to most of California. Locally, we received about 65 inches of rain (165 cm) – almost twice our usual rainfall. I captured most of the images in this new collection during that very wet winter.
I will soon have a printed folio (pFolio) of eight monochrome prints of the Winter Clouds available. Watch my blog for more information.
Return to Wildness
The image at the top of this and many pages in my website is entitled “Return to Wildness.” I captured the image on the shore of Schooner Bay in Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore. Drakes Estero became a designated wilderness area in 1976. After a long legal battle, commercial oystering operations in the estero ceased at the end of 2014. The Park Service has removed the oyster processing buildings and is continues to remove remaining remnants of commercial operations from the estero.
I shot the image at dawn on a very quiet Sunday morning in February 2015. The image is a panorama assembled from seven individual frames. The composite TIFF file is a very high resolution image that can be printed up to 60 inches wide (and 17 inches high). The header image is, of course, much smaller at only 990 pixels wide.
I have the opportunity to photograph at Point Reyes in the winter months. More than any other image I’ve taken at Point Reyes National Seashore, this image conveys the sense of peace and tranquility of the North Coast that I seek to capture in much of my photography.
Posted in Aesthetics, Marin County, North Coast of California, Photography, Point Reyes National Seashore, Technique
Tagged California, Marin County, North Coast, Point Reyes National Seashore, Quiet, Wilderness