Monday, February 21, 2011

Point Pinos

Point Pinos
Point Pinos
Originally uploaded by right2roam
The California Central Coast has really taken a beating from the weather the last couple of days, and gotten some much needed rain. Saturday the rain was so heavy that I hardly made it outside at all, except for during a couple of short breaks between storms where I ventured a foray onto the beach. Here's one of my favorites from the weekend's drama. The shot was taken just after sunrise, and a low-angled beam of light broke through the clouds and gently lit up the rocks and crests of some of the waves, and added just a hint of turquoise to the shallow water. Lucky coincidence you say?

You hear all the time about how some of the best landscape photography is taken during bad weather. I think that's true, but only to an extent. If you're in the middle of a blizzard you're just not going to see much of anything. Of course this isn't an exact science, but the trick is to get outside for that dramatic shot, preferably without freezing to death, or getting struck by lightning, or being clobbered by a killer wave. There's another photographer in this area who has posted multiple times about how he made the decision to head out for a shoot after watching the radar picture. He never mentions his source for a radar picture, but it must be great judging from his success rate and the quality of his photos.

This weekend I tried to increase my chances of getting dramatic shots by using weather.com - Click the map tab on the page for the area that you're searching. The quality of the feed varies from region to region, probably depending on the frequency of Doppler picture updates received from different radar stations. In the U.S. you can get map updates every five minutes. Use the replay function and try out your own forecasting skills to predict when and where that break between storm cells is going to fall. It worked for me this weekend, well... I guess two out of three tries isn't too bad. This probably won't work so well outside of the U.S and Canada. The site only gives three-hour steps for Paris, London, Beijing, Mexico City, Calcutta, Moscow, and probably most everywhere else on Earth. And I'm sorry to report that I couldn't find a picture for Jalalabad, Pakistan... Sorry Osama, no weather report for you!

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 16mm
Aperature: f/22
Exposure: 8/10 second
ISO 50

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful shot! Dramatic shot! Great timing...sure glad you didn't get clobbered by a killer wave. Keep up the awesome work!

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