So, what do you do when the weather is gloomy, when the sky has been totally grey all day for a couple of days and you live near the beach? You wait for the clouds to begin breaking up a bit and then take your camera out and see what you can get! Luckily for me, the tide was out around sunset at Little Corona Del Mar and I was able to park myself among the tide pools with my camera.
I received an ICE 10-Stop ND filter for Christmas, but hadn’t yet taken it out for a spin. I figured this stormy day would be a good time to try and get some good cloud movement. To the naked eye, the clouds didn’t seem to be moving at all so a fairly long exposure would be needed. Of course my Sony A7r tops out at 30 seconds, but thanks to my handy dandy TriggerTrap I can get as long of an exposure as I need. These photos were in the 2 minute range. I love how it allows me to get silky smooth water and capture the cloud motion at the same time.
I didn’t expect to get an actual sunset on this particular day, so I was pretty stoked that I got some color in the sky for just a few minutes before the sun went back behind the thick wall of clouds on the horizon. Sometimes when it’s all gray, you just got to go with a dramatic black and white process! I don’t usually do my seascape photos without color, so this processing was a nice change of pace.
So, lesson of the day… even if it’s gray and stormy, go out anyway. You never know what you might find and you might find yourself growing creatively in the process.