Travel Photo Thursday: Upon a Rocky Shore

Travel Photo Thursday: Upon a Rocky Shore

Last week’s “Travel Photo Thursday: A Picture-Perfect Bridge” demonstrated how sunshine can create eye-catching views of the Central California coastline between Carmel and Cambria.

Ah, but that sunshine can be so elusive!

The following photos, taken a few miles up the coast at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve just two to three hours before the one above, when the marine layer was hanging over the sea blotting out the sun, show that while the rocky shoreline may be dramatic, taking compelling-to-view photos can be challenging when bland daylight turns the scenery a dull gray-blue-green.

But here are five tips for capturing better images under gloomy skies.

Tip #1: Catch waves splashing against rocks for contrasting colors in the water.

Tip #2: Look for interesting contours of the land where it meets the sky and the sea.

Tip #3: Find a beach with dark sand, white waves, and shallow aquamarine water.

Tip #4: Look for massive, fractured, rocky points of land jutting into the ocean.

Tip #5: Try applying “artistic” effects to make a decent image into a bold one.

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)

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7 Replies to “Travel Photo Thursday: Upon a Rocky Shore”

  1. Great photos! I agree – seeking out contrast in either colour or shape is a great way of mitigating those cloudy skies. Particularly useful here in Northumberland!

  2. I recently posted some cloudy weather photographs on my site in the Tuesday in Townsville segment. We usually have blue skies so it was of interest to me as well. I love the changes between sun and cloud photographs.

  3. I was really admiring your excellent lead photo and the contrast between the blue water and the green land, so I’m glad you passed along some of your tips. The skies here in Penang seem to be gray lately, so I know that I’ll have a chance to try them out.

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