Major disadvantage of living in San Diego: Sunshine
There aren’t too many problems caused by living in San Diego. The cost of living is higher than many areas of the country…. State taxes are higher…. My income is higher, too, though. It’s a trade off, one I can live with.
There is an occasional earthquake but not nearly as many big earthquakes — 1 in 20 years — as the hurricanes and tropical storms that I went through in Texas — Beulah 1967, Candy 1968, Celia 1970, Fern 1971, Allen 1980, Alicia 1983. Those are just the ones that I personally went through; immediate family was affected by many more hurricanes, the most recent of which was Katrina in New Orleans. A niece and a sister both lost their homes to Katrina, and another sister had four feet of water in her home, only because she and her husband had built their home on a ten foot platform. Theirs was the only home left in their Slidell neighborhood; all the others were washed away. My birth mom, having lived in New Orleans for 35 years, evacuated to Utah before Katrina and never went back to Louisiana. She died in Utah in February 2012.
Interestingly, San Diego is only three degrees farther north than New Orleans, meaning that the Pacific hurricanes could impact us here. However, the Pacific Ocean waters near California tend to be rather cold, causing Pacific hurricanes to dissipate over Baja California as they move north. San Diego did get hit by one hurricane during the past 200 years: the 1858 San Diego Hurricane. Two other hurricanes brought wind and rain: the 1939 California tropical storm and Hurricane Kathleen in 1976.
About the only disadvantage of living in San Diego that I can think of right now is the constant sunshine. It causes havoc with our roofs, drying them out and shrinking them so that when the six weeks of rain come in December and January, many roofs leak.
The other problem that personally affects me is that pictures of San Diego can be rather plain and ordinary with the two types of skies that we typically have: blue and overcast gray. Outside of the December/January rainy season, overcast skies hits us in May and June. We call it May Gray and June Gloom.
One of the things that I’m working on in Photoshop, Lightroom, Photo-Paint, and PaintShop Pro is finding the easiest way to replace dull, boring, and uninteresting skies with something more interesting. For example, here is a recent picture of Angel Stadium of Anaheim:
In and of itself, it’s simply a documentary picture of the stadium and parking lot where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (formerly the California Angels) play major league baseball. Pretty drab. Dull, boring, and uninteresting. I thought it would be a good picture to try out different skies and different methods of replacing skies. Here’s my favorite from my many attempts, this one done in Photoshop CS6:
Aaaaaaaaaaaah. Looks much better.
When I find the best method that works consistently well with many different types of pictures, I’ll put together a tutorial, have no fear.
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Posted on June 18, 2013, in Adobe, Digital photo editing, How I Did It, Manmade, Out & About, Photos and tagged anaheim angels, angel stadium of anaheim, california angels, los angeles angels of anaheim, replacing skies in photoshop. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.