Hey guys. New here! Rather than dig through my portfolio and introduce myself with some of my oldest, favorite works, I decided to just dive right in to something recent. Here are two photos from a recent outing to Russian Ridge, California (near San Francisco). For how many times I've gone to Russian Ridge (a lot), I am still surprised by the variety of weather I find. I'd not seen vistas like this here before. I made this trek at the last minute, because the sunset looked to be interesting, but this is not at all what I expected. From the other side of the ridge, all I could see was a few isolated clouds. However, on the ocean side, there was a thick cloud coverage, but fragmented enough to allow some rays through. Though the clouds were much higher than the mountains, they refused to cross over to the bay side, but rather rushed parallel to the ridge.
My favorite part of this weather was the way the Pacific Ocean looked from a distance. The sun shining through the fragmented clouds gave it a sort of marbled appearance. It was also exhilarating to watch how as the rays would shine through different breaks in the clouds, different features of the landscape would be lit up, and the place took on a whole new character. I tried to pick up on these highlights, and compose the photos around them. Hope you enjoy them!
I'm not sure how good these will look all scrunched down, so there are links to larger versions, too.