University of San Diego with a beautiful sky

It’s not all sun all the time

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

How I Did It


People think that living in San Diego must be great for photography, or at least for photographers and their equipment since it’s rare that we get wet.

Having lots of sunshine, though, presents other problems. Excessive glare comes to mind.

However, even though we have lots of “days” of sunshine, “days” is defined differently than you might think. “Days” for the San Diego PR people simply means that the sun comes out sometime during the day.

During May and June we have May Gray and June Gloom. That’s when the marine cloud layer often doesn’t dissipate until well into the afternoon. While there are lots of great places and things to photograph, the ugly, dreary, oogy, blah! May Gray will give you pictures like this one of the University of San Diego:

University of San Diego with a dull gray sky


I always get a kick out of the photography snobs who say they get the best picture they can in the camera and would never think of using something like Photoshop to do anything other than minor contrast work.

Ha! A dull gray sky is still a dull gray sky. Phooey on dull gray skies.

I took that picture to Photoshop CS6, found me a nice blue sky with some clouds and came up with this:

University of San Diego with a beautiful sky


I’m getting much better replacing skies, but if I didn’t tell you what I did, would you know? If I gave you the 109 MB TIFF file, you could still see some areas that are a little shoddy, and I’m working on my skills in those areas. For a 57KB Internet picture, though, no one would ever know. Well, maybe San Diego natives would know if I told them I took the picture on a May morning…. 🙂


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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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11 thoughts on “It’s not all sun all the time

  1. Todd Materazzi Photography

    Great job with the photo touches. Much better than I can do! I will try to get at least 3 pics in for June 🙂


      1. Todd Materazzi Photography

        My friends joke with me; they take 1900 at sporting events and only see 3 to 4 pop from my website per month. I might reach 100 when I receive social security :).


        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I’m trying to do more now that I seem to have a consistent workflow in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 for what I like to do to pictures when I’m cataloging them. Today I’m cataloging pictures from March 24.


  2. Barbara

    I know exactly what you mean! I attend the University of San Diego! Beautiful campus and great for shooting pictures too (minus the May Gray and June Gloom)



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