ON1 Inspiration — Episode 9: Beach Combing in Overcast Weather

Seascapes are my passion. I simply cannot get enough of the ocean. It’s a safe bet that when I’m out with my camera, I am wandering along a stretch of coastline. Living in San Diego affords me a year round supply of sand, sky and surf. And I take advantage of that for sure!

However, most days to not deliver epic conditions, those days we all long for as landscape photographers. Even sunny San Diego has it’s share of overcast days. If you’ve ever visited during “May Gray” or “June Gloom” you know exactly what I mean! Overcast days along the ocean are the days to look closer. Forget about that dull, gray sky and seek out a more intimate seascape.

That’s exactly what I did during a visit to La Jolla, one of my favorite coastal locations in San Diego because it offers a lot of photographic opportunities. Arriving at the beach in the late afternoon, it was painfully obvious that the sun would not be making an appearance. The partly cloudy conditions just a mile or so inland turned to a mass of gray at the shore. The thick clouds hanging over the sea weren’t going to budge.

I shifted my thinking and set out to find an intimate scene. I looked for smaller subjects and tighter frames. I focused my attention on the edge of the surf among the rocks and tide pools to find a subject. It didn’t take long. I found a nice grouping of rocks being caressed by the rising tide. A great subject for an overcast day.

I hope you enjoy this video… and maybe you’ll be less discouraged the next time you’re faced with an overcast day.

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