Monterey Bay in Watercolor

Just one year ago, I stood on Hurricane Point looking north into Monterey Bay, admiring the white Cumulous clouds and the boulders offshore. I shot a wide angle landscape photo, so I could remember the beautiful scene.

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From Hurricane Point on this clear day, the offshore boulders form leading lines to the most prominent boulder.

A year later, I processed the same image in a new way to simplify the shapes and colors with a watercolor effect. What do you think?

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I gave the image a dynamic boost and simplified the details to create a watercolor effect with Topaz Simplify.


Author: cathykellyphotography

Independent photographer based in Pittsburgh PA and Naples FL. Nature, landscape and portrait photography. Portfolio includes international work in USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Email to review work in your area of interest. Nature portfolio includes flowers and wildlife. Prints and digital files for sale. See website:

4 thoughts on “Monterey Bay in Watercolor”

  1. I like the original photograph. Reminds me of Nugget Point in The Catlins, New Zealand. Since you ask, I’m not so keen on the watercolour effect which (to me) lacks the delicacy that a human watercolour artist brings to their work so I don’t really see the point, and its missing most of the offshore boulders that give the photograph its extra charm. The sky seems to be ‘loud’ and competing with the landscape. The photo is very interesting though thank you. Just offering an opinion, no art qualifications to do so!


  2. Both lovely images. Very nice composition. The watercolor gives a feeling of energy and freshness that I like. The lower sky near the horizon is also interesting with the diagonal lines.

    Just wondered if you applied the effect at 100% in Topaz… I frequently back it off to 50-75% for a softer look. Just a suggestion, something to play with!


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