Virginia Beach Ocean Storm Clouds with sun streaming
Arnel Gonce Photography

Virginia Beach Ocean Storm Clouds with sun streaming

Stormy weather at the beach can create the best landscape photographs one can view.  This storm far off the coast of Virginia Beach created dramatic cloudscapes with brilliant rays of sun shining through, creating streams of light that reach from the heavens to the oceans surface.  The surface of the ocean is a confluence of dark and light, alternating spots where the sun and shadows create patterns.  The alternating patches of light and shadow are a paradise to a photographers camera; the very things necessary to paint a photograph are in abundance here.  The ocean is uniformly rippled on the surface, a reflection of the turbulance of the air above it in this ocean image.  Photograph captured just after sunrise, as the sun is climbing in the sky, at 6 AM.  Photographed created with a Canon 5DMIII and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at sunset from the balcony of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel across the street from the beach.  Settings were ISO 50 at 70mm with an aperture at f/16 and a shutter speed at 1/160th of a second.  Image post processed in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop with Nik Effects, and then finished with Alien Skin Exposures to convert to black and white image.  

Location: 3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.