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Break in the Clouds

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Hi all!

As always- it's been a while! When the leaves are off the trees and there is no snow (but dull, dreary, overcast gray) I struggle to find motivation. As most of you know, I don't shoot B&W nor do I shoot minimal; that may change in the future, of course, but I find motivation in the subtle colors that nature provides. Along with everything else in 2020, this winter has been difficult. I've found myself without my camera for most of the last 3 or so months- so I'm sorry for not posting on here as often as I'd like. However- for my birthday recently, my wife bought me the DJI Mini 2 drone and that has been the bright spark I needed to get me out of my rut (more on that in the future). I hope to be back posting more regularly moving forward :). Hope you're all doing well! Anyway, back to the show:




As winter comes in, I normally shift my focus from the mountains/rivers to the beach. A few times in the last couple months, I've made the 2.5hr morning drive to the beach in hopes of shooting a nice sunrise. Each time, despite the positive weather forecast, I arrived to cloud cover and no light. I enjoyed my long walk along the shore, packed up and headed back.

This past weekend, I again set my alarm to 3:30am. I woke up and double checked the weather forecast and it looked spot on: at sunrise there'd be a decent amount of medium/high clouds. I set off with my coffee, camera and drone.

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As I got closer to the beach I could see dark clouds hovering along the horizon; it even started to rain. I was growing frustrated. I pulled into the parking lot with about 20 minutes to sunrise. Walked out and could see a large storm cloud moving away from where the sun was due. And just then, I could see the clouds breaking up a bit. There was red cast above. I frantically checked my settings and started shooting as one of the most beautiful scenes unfolded. I shot for about 30 minutes and then launched my drone between the awestruck beach walkers. (I did slice by finger open as I hurried to hand-launch my drone... a rookie mistake I paid for and immediately learned from). I spent about another 45 minutes soaking in the quiet, beautiful light and then headed home. What a beautiful morning! I took about 200 photos- mostly from the same composition, but with different wave shape. I stuck with this one because it had everything: sun, leading lines, storm cloud and reflection. Hope you enjoy!


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Love it! Beautiful wave action, and conflicting surf lines, as well as the colours and heavy mass of cloud nicely balanced by the brightness on the right.
 

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Beautiful shot!
 

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Thanks guys!
 

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As I continue to edit through these, I found another composition I liked as well. I'm not sure which one I like more.


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love all the lines and colours in that first Chris! Love it when a plan comes together!
 

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love all the lines and colours in that first Chris! Love it when a plan comes together!
Cheers Steve! Hope you're doing well!!
 

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For me I prefer the second picture more than the first purely because the proportions are better and the wave isn't breaking the horizon thus adding extra depth.Both good but the second for me.
 

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For me I prefer the second picture more than the first purely because the proportions are better and the wave isn't breaking the horizon thus adding extra depth.Both good but the second for me.
Agreed. But I'd select a vertical crop much more to the right with the sun rather in the left. That's because the dark clouds are not the main topic of the picture for me.
 

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For me I prefer the second picture more than the first purely because the proportions are better and the wave isn't breaking the horizon thus adding extra depth.Both good but the second for me.
Agreed. But I'd select a vertical crop much more to the right with the sun rather in the left. That's because the dark clouds are not the main topic of the picture for me.
Cheers guys, the input is appreciated. To be honest, I have about 50 more shots with different wave shapes (same composition) so I'll have a look through again.
 

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We're good thanks. Tho lost two of our friends now we met you with :(
Oh no... sorry to hear, Steve. You'll always have those great memories of travel!
 

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Oh no... sorry to hear, Steve. You'll always have those great memories of travel!
We will for sure. First we lost Tina, younger than me, and then her mum. Her mum and Ray (stepdad) never stop talking about how amazing the two trips were so I always have the knowledge I helped give them a great time and fantastic memories to their end.
 

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We will for sure. First we lost Tina, younger than me, and then her mum. Her mum and Ray (stepdad) never stop talking about how amazing the two trips were so I always have the knowledge I helped give them a great time and fantastic memories to their end.
Absolutely. In the end, memories are what keep us alive! Awesome you were able to be a part of that.
 
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