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1003_1253 Mystic Beach - redux

This will be my last daily post until I return from a trip to the West Coast (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) at the end of August. Leaving tomorrow morning. I'll be camping and mostly unplugged, which I consider a good thing; call it a respite.

 

It feels appropriate to put up a West Coast image. This one exists elsewhere in my photostream, but smaller. I have it framed, on my bedroom wall - a soothing image. In processing, I converted the file to monochrome, then back to RGB, and added a blue wash to retain a soft, cool feel. Watersmooth rocks. Endless tidal forces. A mere glimpse that may represent the whole.

 

Funny - the 18-135mm had to be one of the worst lenses Nikon ever produced. Cheap, mediocre optics, and when it finally rolled into a tide pool I did not mourn its passing. But equipment is always secondary. Although I love the technical quality of today's sensors, and I've invested in some really good lenses, seeing comes first. It's possible to make great photos with a point-and-shoot, a cell phone, a pinhole camera.

 

I will catch up with everyone in a few weeks; until then, happy shooting!

 

Photographed at Mystic Beach in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC. Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission © 2010 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

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Taken on March 20, 2010