Feeling Photographically Inclined

I had arrived late in the afternoon in Newport Beach, California, jazzed up and totally motivated to write my next book for Quiet Time Ministries, titled Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises Of God. Not that I needed motivation — I had the Lord — and a publication deadline, a video filming schedule, and beaucoup details to accomplish before I wrote even word one.

But you know how it is. Sometime you need a jump start. Sometimes you are just feeling photographically inclined.

After I settled into the sequestered, no interruptions, private, quiet, and secret writing getaway hotel, I looked at all the boxes of reference books, computer paraphernalia, and Bible study tools — and I freaked out. What was I thinking? How was I going to get this entire book project done in only ten days?

Just then I saw a shimmer of sparkling light penetrate through the ocean view glass window. I knew what that meant. The magical glow every photographer searches for, longs for, and waits interminable hours to capture was beginning in an early suggestion of a summer sunset.

“Start the book!”, my conscience said loudly.

“Capture the sunset,” cajoled the photographic obsessive compulsive inner me.





My head was spinning, my breathing quickened; my heart began racing. What’s a girl to do?

I grabbed my photography gear. The ocean waves were calling!

Corona Del Mar State Beach is only a hop, skip, and a little jump from the hotel. So I was off. Down Jamboree Road, left onto Bayside Drive, and you’re there. As soon as I arrived I saw that it was low tide so the rocks were visibly jutting out of the water. I had both cameras with me, the Big Mama Nikon D800E and the trusty, versatile Nikon D7000. It didn’t take much to get into the moment. Every photographer’s dream scene. The light was glowing magically off the sand and water. I was mesmerized watching how the water moved over the sand again and again. I couldn’t waste a second. A couple of tripods setups later, and I was in a rhythm, a groove, a compelling photographic nirvana. The shutters clicked wildly in desperation mode as the sun made it’s way to fall into the sea. When it was over, I must have taken a hundred different shots of the motion of the water, back and forth, with the light glimmering across it.

For a shoot like this, I definitely want my tripod. And right now, with two cameras, I am finding the balance in using them both. I have my 80-400mm lens on my Nikon D7000 (pictured here on the tripod) and used it to zoom in on the rocks with crashing waves and freezing the motion of the spray of water. And I used it for all the birds in the area. Then, my Nikon D800E paired with a 24-120mm or my 16-35mm wide-angle for composing the views that just soothe my soul out there at the ocean.

I’ve always loved the ocean. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the desert and I lived with the dry heat most of the time. Now with my cameras and the inspiration of devotional photography I feel as though I am really experiencing the ocean. My focus is more intentional. I am actually looking more for the deeper God creation beauty.

So the next time you feel photographically inclined, give in to the urge. Go right out and shoot some beautiful photos. It will bring some peace and quiet to your soul and motivation to your life.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


P.S. I got the Walk On Water Faith book project completed in just ten days. Nothing is impossible with God.

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  • Title: Soothing The Soul
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  • Description: On a quiet evening myPhotoWalk with the Lord in Newport Beach, California, USA, I captured this peaceful moment.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 06/13/14
  • Camera: Nikon D800E 16-35mm lens at 29.0 mm ISO 400 f/8 1/400 sec.
  • Photoshoot: Sunset PhotoShoot in Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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