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Storm over the Pacific, Mission Beach, San Diego, California, 2010
01-SEP-2010

Storm over the Pacific, Mission Beach, San Diego, California, 2010

Clouds over water are often loaded with moisture, and when they become translucent via backlight, they often reveal striking textures and forms within. In this case, storm clouds off California’s Mission Beach cause rain showers to fall out to sea, and the patterns of those showers, when related to the early evening sun, become striking “God’s Rays.” No matter how evocative the pattern created by light, moisture, and clouds may be, it takes a flying gull to add a focal point here, a place for the eye to go. It seems to flee before the storm.

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Phil Douglis01-Oct-2010 18:40
Yes, we were standing right next to each other here. The light was special, the bird's scale critical, and the glow of the reflected light essential to that sense of spirit you mention, Tim.
Tim May01-Oct-2010 15:53
I, since I was standing virtually next to you, have an almost identical image - there is such a sense of spirit here. I like the way the horizon, almost directly beneath the bird, is lit with a special glow.
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