Taking Time For Beauty


It has been said that the best camera is the one you have with you.

I have discovered that statement to be absolutely true.

I have missed many incredible shots because I didn’t have my camera with me as my constant companion.

Thankfully, during a recent day of speaking I brought my Nikon D810 along with me just in case I might have an opportunity to capture something beautiful. And I was not disappointed.

The setting for my speaking engagement was a beautiful home surrounded with an incredible garden. After everyone had left, I grabbed my camera and took a walk in the garden, taking time for the beauty of the flowers and plants that had been carefully planted and nurtured for growth. Along the way, I saw this huge succulent plant that just took my breath away. It seemed to explode with so many different levels of green color. I stopped just to admire the beauty of it.

And then came the challenge of actually capturing an image. How could I fill the frame without all the other competing plants in the garden taking away from its beauty. So I decided to capture the entire plant with the Nikkor 24-120mm lens along with the surrounding plants using FL 38mm, ISO 5000, f/5.6, 1/1250sec. Then, after processing in Adobe Camera Raw, I cropped the image in Adobe Photoshop so that I could focus in on what impressed me the most, the movement from the center out to the edges. Then, I added a vignette to darken the edges, and some other filters to bring attention to the center, using Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.

There are always seemingly a thousand ways to post-process an image. For me, it’s always a decision to process it in such a way that I tell the story that means the most to me as I captured the image out in the field. I want others to see what I saw when I took time for the beauty in the moment with my camera.

So the next time you go anywhere, I encourage you to take your camera with you and take time for the beauty!

You can see more photos of flowers and landscapes out in God’s creation in my first myPhotoWalk full color devotional photography book, myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Moments, daily devotions and devotional photography everyday, just released in multiple print and ebook formats. The cover image, Paradise, was chosen from the myPhotoWalk San Francisco Gallery at our myPhotoWalk—Smugmug Portfolio. The clarity of God’s patterns literally leap from the iPad screen in the Apple® iBooks version. Get it on iBooks — myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Moments — Apple® iBooks.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

… They all wait for you to give the their food in due season
Psalm 104:27

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  • Title: Reaching Out In The Garden
  • Description: A beautiful lush succulent in Newport Beach, CA, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 03/04/15
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm, FL 38mm, ISO 5000, f/5.6, 1/1250sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot in Newport Beach, CA, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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