The Great Journey in Photography

June Gloom

Coopers Hawk at Newport Beach

410mm f7.1 250iso 1/800sec

Here in Southern California we have a couple of sayings “May Gray” and “June Gloom”. It refers to the heavy marine layer that rolls in from the Pacific ocean every evening and covers the basin for much of the day with the sun emerging in the afternoon. It is also a prelude to the Summer sizzle that starts up in late June and lasts through September with the occasional Monsoonal days. Summer sizzle is when the cooling effect of the ocean is minimal or nonexistent for most inhabitants with sun beating down from sunrise to set. Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees are common with highs getting up to 115 degrees during heat waves. As you might imagine June Gloom is not so gloomy when thinking about the weather to come, enjoy what you have because the dog days are right around the corner. June also has the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and that leaves a few photographic opportunities for many of us.

Here sunset is hitting right around 8pm and that gives some extra time to many of us who live on a weekly schedule. Gone are the days when the days  tasks end after nightfall, many of us have a few free hours of daylight to go out and shoot every day. June Gloom is the perfect time to plan out your shots, a time to really think about the composition because you most likely are going to stay away from shots with the sky in it. Gray dreary skies just don’t cut it. That also means birds in flight are not the best option. Overcast skies are Mother Natures softbox though, so plan accordingly, turn the great outdoors into your studio. You will get some great soft light for making portraits.

Another week gone by, and another word of thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the pictures and “pearls of wisdom”.

If you happen to own an iPad don’t forget to stop by the iTunes app store and download my application Wildlife HD. Version 1.1.2 is now available with everything working fine. Camera, editor and great images all there for you.icon


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