Dark Autumn Skies Over Strait of Juan de Fuca, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016

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A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.
“Early Autumn Skies No. 1, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”
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It had been a very cloudy early autumn day and it wasn’t until late afternoon before some of the overcast skies broke up. I had hoped to be able to capture a nice landscape photograph of the sunset with underlit cloudy skies.

A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.
“Early Autumn Skies No. 3, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”
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I arrived at the West Beach vista on the shores of Whidbey Island (Washington state) about 30 minutes before sunset. To my dismay, there was a thick layer of clouds on the horizon over the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As is very common in landscape and nature photography, the weather dictates the day’s plans.

A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.
“Early Autumn Skies No. 5, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”
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Excepting the fact that I wouldn’t have the nice golden light of the sunset, I set my sights on capturing dark and moody photographs of the skies over the water and sandy beach of Whidbey Island.

A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.
“Early Autumn Skies No. 2, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”
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As the evening progressed, and while the light was slowly fading, I wandered the public access areas along the shoreline, capturing various perspectives of the beach, water, and dark, cloudy skies.

A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.
“Early Autumn Skies No. 4, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”
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Because of the high contrast, monochromatic nature of the scene before me, I was inspired to process these images into the fine art black and white photographs I present to you.