by Paul Farinato
Daring to turn my back upon the Pacific, standing on the breakwater facing Eureka, CA
This was a surreal place to find, the scale of the concrete structures strewn about as if some giant long ago was playing jacks and left without putting his toys away. It almost felt like I wasn't supposed to be there, so I hurried a bit. The texture of the sky and pier were just fascinating.
Shot with Canon 30D at 10mm. Processed in Aperture, HDR Efex Pro2 (single shot) and Silver Efex Pro2. As I worked with the image, I was trying to bring out the reflectiveness of the puddles in the foreground, which appeared to have been parts of the sky that melted and pooled in front of me.
As a side note, the Samoa Cookhouse down the road has one of the most amazing collection of old panorama photos (pre-photoshop) of the local logging industry and giant redwood trees and similarly huge portions of food. Perhaps that was why my mind was thinking giants.