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This image opened a recently published article called "Why Choose Black and White," in Outdoor Photographer magazine.  It is featured in the August 2011 annual Black & White issue, and highlights how the absence of color opens the door to new possibilities about a scene.  Instead of featuring color, focusing on other things like textures, shapes, and fine tonal gradations can become primary compositional tools...I shot this at dawn, at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, CA.  I used a tripod and a Singh-Ray, 3-stop, hard edge, graduated neutral density filter, and a slow shutter speed of 1/5 of a second to create the water movement.  The trick was to hit the shutter just as the incoming wave was starting to recede.  The water moving back in created the effect and texture of the lines leading into the center of the frame.