Slow Down

Since a young age, we are taught to value speed and getting things done quickly, forging ahead at a frantic pace – after all doing is more valuable than being, right?  Yet as we surge forward in search of some elusive sense of fulfillment, we often find ourselves feeling strangely disconnected….we fail to notice the simple beauty of living. When we learn to slow down, we rediscover the significance of seemingly inconsequential aspects of life. In essence, we give ourselves the gift of time—time to indulge our curiosity, to enjoy the moment, to appreciate worldly wonders, to sit and think, to connect with others, and to explore our inner landscapes more fully. A life savored slowly does not need to be passive, inefficient, or slothful. Conducting ourselves at a slower pace enables us to be selective in how we spend our time and to fully appreciate each passing moment.

This is a shot from La Jolla, California. We spent hours exploring the area, thinking of where the sun was eventually going to set, looking for interesting foreground and background and just taking in the briny smell of the sea, listening to the onrush of the waves and soaking in the sun. We waded through the surf to a lone rocky outcrop, set up our camera and tripod and waited patiently for the sun and the surf – this was not a one snap wonder but took place over the space of around 30 minutes. In the background you can see the Life Guard Towers at Children’s Pool where scores of seals bask in the sun and surf and give birth to their pups. You may also notice the huge waves as they are breaking, eventually sweeping into the cove (and inundating these Photographers in often thigh high water). The concept here was to contrast the dynamic rush of the waves with the tranquil descent of the sun at the end of another glorious day.

12 responses

  1. Great shot Erik. Fantastic tones and really cool feel, just the right amount of LE for the image.

    May 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

    • Thanks Chris – your comments mean a lot to us coming from a Photographer of your stature!

      May 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

      • Erik, it means more than I can say that you describe me as such. I try to produce the best I can and try to learn new techniques from my peers like yourself.

        May 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      • Pshah! 🙂

        May 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  2. One of the things I enjoyed about living in the south was the pace of life. Outside of work, things almost seemed to be in slow motion – it was wonderful. Now, the suburbs are too busy and traffic is too fast. Thanks for reminding me Erik! Beautiful image, too!

    May 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

  3. Great composition and processing 🙂

    May 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

  4. Thank you for that meditation on slowing down and smelling the roses. Nice photograph. Have a good day.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:10 am

  5. Skip Conklin

    No words spoken have ever been more true than what you have written here! Life is even more complicated by the fact that, as we are being taught to rush, rush, rush, we are at the same time being told to “slow down and smell the roses.”

    I, also, have spent a half hour or more setting at my favorite lake where I shoot sunsets, waiting for the right reflection on the water, or that special color that appears for just a fleeting moment and is then gone forever

    May 27, 2012 at 3:36 am

    • Thanks Skip – I often tell Photographers who ask my advice about techniques…I say, Slow Down! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words and visit!

      May 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

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