Beauty Before

So, let’s jump forward a bit in our Solvang trip. On our way home, we stopped off at a beach in Santa Barbara. There are always interesting things to explore at a beach.

One of the things I enjoy about photography is deciding upon what subjects to focus. Sometimes beauty is found in the larger picture. Panoramas, for example, can be absolutely breathtaking as they invite the viewer into a larger-than-life perspective. But sometimes a larger picture can distract us from the subtler beauty right in front of us. It’s one of the reasons why I love macro photography. Beauty can be found virtually inches in front of us.

I was originally composing this shot with the rocky shoreline as the focus. Then I noticed the rock inches from my face. So I focused there. I don’t know if it made a “better” shot, but I like how the stark textures and colors offsets the softer colors of the background.

Photo taken with a Nikon D40x in Santa Barbara, CA. Post in Capture NX2.

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