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    A solitary figure walks across rocky coastline as angry storm clouds roll overhead on Hyeopjae Beach, Jeju Island, South Korea.

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    Published in the July 8th, 2011 edition of the Jeju Weekly.



    It was a perfect summer day four years ago. The sun was already high above me as I parked my car in the shade of a small grove of trees near the northern end of Gwakji Beach on the western side of the island. I excitedly hopped out of the car and grabbed my camera bag from the backseat. As I made my way through the trees, rays of sunshine and a light breeze swept over me.This was going to be a great day.

    Just a short distance away, the trees began to thin out and I found myself standing on a bluff with a incredible view spread out in front of me: sparkling bluish-green water, a deep blue sky, and a brilliant, white sand beach. It looked like something you'd see on a postcard.

    I had only snapped a couple of photos when I heard loud, animated laughter below me. It was a family picnic. I watched them for awhile. The father setting up the barbecue grill, the mother taking out the food from the cooler and setting up the umbrella, and the kids dancing across the sand and into the sea. It brought back lots of childhood memories of times spent at the beach with my own family and friends back home. There's something magical about beaches and the way they bring the natural landscape and people together.

    I decided to put my camera down and spend the rest of the day doing what everybody loves doing at the beach: swimming, eating, and playing in the sand. But, an idea had begun to form in my mind and what had started out as a simple trip to the sea turned into a four year odyssey photographing the beaches of Jeju Island.

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    1. chad^michael 79 months ago | reply

      Another amazing shot from Jeju. You represent it well and it makes me want to go back. My visit this Spring was rain, rain, rain.

    2. DMac 5D Mark II 79 months ago | reply

      chad^michael I know, the weather can suck down here from time to time and when it rains, its rains for days it seems. That's too bad, hopefully next time the weather is better for you.

    3. la5me 79 months ago | reply

      love the colors

    4. Colin Roohan 79 months ago | reply

      Very nice, I like how insignificant the person is in comparison to nature. It could be a touch brighter but I like the overall feeling.

    5. Kevin Corrado [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Nice clouds

    6. Javan321 [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Sky Douglas...I really like all the blue in this!

    7. Ben Tebbens; busy busy... 79 months ago | reply

      Doug, this is just awesome!! What a fabulous sky and those clouds. Simply lovely.

    8. roy.wang 79 months ago | reply

      Like a painting. So beautiful!

    9. StephenCairns 79 months ago | reply

      That's a cracker Doug. Love the colours and the composition. The weight is given to the sky and well warranted but the black silhouette areas are wonderful too. Really nice.

    10. prmelat 79 months ago | reply

      Beautiful colors.

    11. kanuck3 [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Looks nice eh? Nice depth of field with that man walking acrossed the way too. Clouds looks nice and looming too awesome! I bet it would work in B&W as well.

    12. DMac 5D Mark II 79 months ago | reply

      A comment from a non-flickr member:

      Beautiful photo Doug. I don't agree with the guy who says it could be brighter. It's a true photo of when Mother Nature throws a temper tantrum so the photo portrays that naturally. Wouldn't change a thing.

      Thanks Gail.

      Appreciate all the comments and faves over the last few hours everybody. Thanks very much!

    13. Joe Tursi 79 months ago | reply

      great clouds...I love how insignificant the person looks compared to the whole picture.

    14. DMac 5D Mark II 79 months ago | reply

      Joe Tursi Thanks for the comment. Have enjoyed your work lately!

    15. RomainjohnGY 79 months ago | reply

      Wonderful clouds and ambiance, cool one ;-)

    16. Sid Yoo [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      splendid compo and colours..!

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