Colorful sunsets are always a favorite of mine living in Southern California. The colors are the most vibrant of anywhere I've traveled and have a depth to them rarely seen in other parts of the world. During this image there was a storm off shore moving from the north to the south. I was hoping the setting sun would light up some of the clouds for a great image so I starting composing different angles all around the area. Good thing I got there early because within a hour or so the tide starting pulling out very quickly, exposing all these colorful rocks... and one small boulder in particular. The boulder was shaped so uniquely that I was immediately drawn to it and thought it would be a perfect compliment to the colorful, moving storm on the horizon. So wanting those two elements to be dominant in my photograph I took a really long exposure, eight minutes, which really smoothed out the water a created a blanket-like effect. Since the storm was moving from right to left in my frame it produced a painterly effect that gives the image a distinctive quality.


Lucky for me I captured this image in the nick-of-time because just as I started packing up my gear a following band of showers stampeded across the beach and soaked me from head to toe as I ran back to my truck. Gear all dry and another amazing sunset image is completely worth getting wet... and I can't wait to do it again.




Sizes - 10x30, 14x38, 20x60, 26x80



Not to exceed 99 total prints

Thirty (30) Artist’s Proofs numbered “x of 30”

Sixty-nine (69) Limited Editions numbered “x of 69”


The Fine Art Landscape Photography of Jaysun McMillin