Set Free

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There is nothing that signifies freedom to me more than the moment a bird takes flight.

And that’s just what I witnessed at Corona del Mar State Beach in Newport Beach, CA, one early morning as I stood with my Nikon D810 using a Nikkor 80-400mm telephoto lens.

Corona del Mar in California is known for its fine beaches, tidepools, cliffside views and quaint village shops. Corona del Mar State Beach is a particular favorite of mine for photo shoots with abundant winged wildlife, seaside flowers, and spectacular ocean sunrises.

At first, this gull, stood proudly, just contemplating the surf, then, suddenly, lifted its wings and soared skyward over the Pacific Ocean. A breathtaking moment.

I quickly captured a dozen images but this was one of my favorites. This gull just seemed so free as it winged its way above those frothy waves.

Reviewing the image in Adobe Camera Raw, I became inspired to create a simple but beautiful – a photo artistry version.

After processing in Adobe Camera Raw, I added two simple textures, a 20% layer of Rice Paper Light and a Clouds layer just around the edges. The texture of clouds serves to simply add color and depth to the waves.

Then I added the text “set free” in Helvetica Neue, and the verse “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free” from Romans 8:2.

May you be encouraged to know this powerful truth from Romans 8:2 that the Lord intends for you to live a life of freedom. The Lord says in John 8:32 that “the truth shall set you free.” Oh dear friend, as you live in God’s Word, and allow its truth to fill your heart and soul, you will be transformed and truly set free.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free.
Romans 8:2

myPhotoWalk Technical

  • Title: Set Free
  • Description: A seagull taking flight at Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/02/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 80-400mm, FL 390mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/400sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Aurora HDR Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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