Monday, June 6, 2011

Sonoma Sky

Sonoma Skies 05

In an earlier post, I mentioned I really need a bumper sticker that says "I Break for Light." The same is true for clouds!

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One of the most frustrating things about travel photography is that the light, on any given day, is dictated by your itinerary. You can't revisit the majestic landscape you photographed under gray skies, so you shoot and simply move on...hoping to win the light lottery further down the road.

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We drove in and out of bright blue and overcast skies for several days until a front arrived, bringing with it large dramatic cumulus clouds. Peter draws the line at being rear-ended, or driving into a ditch, but he is truly a saint about pulling over to the side of the road, or doubling back so I can (try!) for "the shot!" Even with his heroic cooperation, I sometimes miss the light by mere seconds.

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Sonoma Skies 01

All of these shots were taken within minutes, with multiple stops on the road to Healdsburg, California, under the rapidly changing sky.


  1. I think you "got the shot" the last one is very special. pgt

  2. Hello:
    What very dramatic skyscapes. We love the image which includes the red tiled barn in the foreground over which is that wonderful, lowering sky.

  3. Gaye ~ Thank you...I always think, if I had arrived five minutes sooner...

    Jane & Lance ~ We saw those barns with their rusty metal roofs all over Sonoma. I'll always associate those weathered buildings with California wine country.


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