1/1600 f/8.0 40.0 mm ISO 200


Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro

EXIF - See more details

See also...

Solent & Spithead Solent & Spithead

Ipernity Addicts Ipernity Addicts

Pictorials Pictorials

Monochrome Monochrome

Hampshire - UK Hampshire - UK

Cucho B&W Cucho B&W

Black and White Black and White

See more...


sun rays
storm clouds
Keith Burton
black and white

Authorizations, license

Visible by: Everyone
All rights reserved

143 visits

Stormy Skies.........

Stormy Skies.........
.........over Portsmouth Harbour. Taken from Portsdown Hill yesterday afternoon. The wind was so strong I could barely stand upright!

It didn't take much to convert this to B/W. Best viewed large, on black. Thank you.

Special K, Fred Fouarge, John FitzGerald, Eunice Perkins and 24 other people have particularly liked this photo

24 comments - The latest ones
neira-Dan club
ah !! une belle lumière sur un panorama immense ; et des oiseau ajoutent ajoute de la poésie
13 months ago.
Annemarie club
Wonderful. Thanks for your visit. HANWE
13 months ago.
Jean club
Story looking weather. Love the birds and the sunrays. You've captured the atmosphere perfectly.
13 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Heavenly light rays.
13 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
You caught the cloudy mood very well. I like the sunbeams and the flying birds, especially the big one. It's a seagull, I think.
13 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Wow! A terrific shot Keith!! You have captured the rays of light and that big bird beautifully. I like the very slight colour (?) or is it me! Anyway the tones are lovely, as is the light on the sea.
13 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thanks very much Rosa. No colour - I converted to B/W and added a silver tone.
13 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
WOW WOW WOW, WHAT A COOOOOOOL SHOT, Keith! Can't resist going to YouTube for the obvious link, on account of I gotta watch it! Hold my hand, we'll watch it together...

Excuse the interruption to your amazing picture, we'll get back to it, I promise! :D
OMG that MOVIE! I haven't watched "The Birds" in I don't know how many years but that's such a crazy scene. So interesting that they chose odd sound-effects instead of a crow's cry for the noises, but it makes sense given the incredible volume those birds put out...sound effects can be modulated to be a consistent, even tone and a crow's cry is very intense and not consistent. Makes me wonder how they would handle this today. Interesting. In any event, thank you for prompting to find that clip to share...I know they're crows, not seagulls but seeing your picture totally brought the memory of "The Birds" into my mind! BTW, Bodega Bay was where this movie was filmed, and I've been to the area several times, as it's not far from San Francisco! :)

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled show...starring...YOU! :D

WHAT a picture. I seriously don't think I've ever seen anything like it! Your timing couldn't have been better. LOVE the birds flying overhead with the one in the foreground looking so cool. And naturally, a highlight is the incredible light shining down over the water. Those RAYS!! OMG KEITH, you lucky stinker. :D I also love the vast expansive view, which invites a long stare. Your choice to make this a b/w was perfect. There is an extra special quality to the silver tones and silhouettes and the edge-lit clouds.

Such a great picture. *hands you a Kewpie Doll* NICELY PLAYED SIR! :)

And of course, thank you very much for your wonderful comments on my latest presentation! About your DYI skills...heh...you and I are in the same league! It never fails to amaze me how capable Steve is. The terrible shame is that he missed his calling...Steve is a mastermind (not kidding) and would have made an incredible engineer. The way his brain works leaves me staggered. He did, however, get to do special effects in the movie industry for a time and left his mark (responsible for Terminator II's Special Effects Academy Award) before backing away from the industry's life-eating nature and moving to the SF Bay Area where we would eventually meet years later. Heh, I digress! :D

Have a lovely day my friend, and keep up those mind-bending pictures! *high five*
13 months ago.
Proxar club
Beautiful sky!
13 months ago.
 Jean-luc Drouin
Jean-luc Drouin club
Je ne vais pas faire un roman comme Janet, mais je tiens à te dire que cette photo est remarquable. L'oiseau au premier plan donne toute sa puissance à l'image. Et j'aime bien la grue au loin qui donne du relief. Sans oublier les rayons du soleil qui traversent timidement les nuages. Une photo très nuancée. Bravo !
13 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to Jean-luc Drouin club
Thanks Jean-luc..............I'm really pleased that you like this one :-)
13 months ago.
Thérèse club
Sublime avec la présence de l’oiseau
13 months ago.
HappySnapper club
Terrific shot Keith, big busy sky and a terrific low level landscape, I like it.
13 months ago.
Berny club
excellent, especially as mono!
13 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Hi Keith...I love this shot. Simple yet so complex. Menacing, yet with a magical light breaking...the beams, the birds as they battle the wind......b&w really becomes it....
You obviously didn’t get blown away :-).
Happy Sunday!
13 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Gorgeous light here Keith.
13 months ago.
 Anton Cruz Carro
Anton Cruz Carro club
A very sensitive image with a stormy atmosphere. The flight of the birds adds a plus of beauty to this dramatic and passionate scene .All the best, Anton.
13 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I'm really pleased you like this one folks...............thank you all so much for dropping in..!!
13 months ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
A beauty in black and white, Keith. The birds sprinkled in the sky and the sunbeams sort of lead the eye to the dinosaur-like crane below.
13 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to Diane Putnam club
Thank you very much Diane. I was lucky to get this one before the rain hit..!! Glad you like it.

The crane is supposed to be the largest floating one in the UK - but it looks so small here!
13 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
I love that semi darkness...
and the way the birds are inhabitting the place...
13 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to Christel Ehretsmann club
Thanks very much Christel................it was taken quite early in the afternoon but it was beginning to cloud over and the light went soon after this shot. Glad you like it.
13 months ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
All of the above.A stunning view.
13 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to John FitzGerald club
Appreciated John...........thanks for stopping by!
13 months ago.

to write a comment.