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by Paul Farinato
Take as many moments to reflect as you can
I look at every opportunity to simply look out upon the horizon as a gift, a rare chance to disconnect from normal daily operations that override and overwhelm our senses. The process of deliberately taking a photograph is a method that enables me to appreciate the natural world around me, and gives me an excuse to slow down a bit.
On an excursion to a favorite spot on the Northern California coast, on a day that discouraged the droves of beachcombers, I found a point of view that caused me to reflect on the amazing surroundings I found myself in. I imagined a sentinel standing guard against… who knows what.
The technical aspect of this photograph is not complicated. It was a raw image shot with a Panasonic LX3, imported into Aperture, and processed in Nik Silver Effects Pro and Topaz Adjust. The monochrome treatment was pretty much how that day felt to me. The quality of light bouncing about the clouds was simply delightful. I have been back to that very location, but it has never looked quite the same as that day.