Sun, glorious sun


The sun tries to break through the clouds and fog at American Legion Park in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200).

We had about a week of overcast clouds and fog casting a cold pall over the Valley. Sure, there were a few fleeting moments where the sun tried to peek through the ashen heavens, mostly revealing a only cold orb, but mostly it was cold and dark.


Clouds approach the turning basin of the Port of Stockton in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200).

It’s difficult to find subjects to shoot under such conditions. Without the sun, daytime temperatures aren’t much different from those at night. People tend to stay snug in their warm homes, venturing out only when they must. There are times where I’ve driven around the city and beyond only to see just a handful of people out and about.


The sun breaks through the clouds over the Weber Point Event Center in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200).


Gloria Martinez, 19, left, takes advantage of the mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies by having a picnic lunch with her mother, also Gloria Martinez, and her husband Fernando Ramirez, all of Stockton on the lawn at the Weber Point Event Center in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200).

After about a week of overcast clouds and fog, a rainstorm arrived and washed away the dingy grayness to bring sunshine. Although  the storm brought partly cloudy skies, the sun danced in and out of the cottony billows and was still strong enough to warm up the air and bring out people to soak it up

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