Panther Beach - Near Santa Cruz
The Housewrighter Pacific Series is a choice of my favorite Hipstamatic images from the past year, all taken along the Northern California Pacific coast. Today's image is from Panther Beach. I was driving north along the PCH from Santa Cruz, when I saw a little strawberry stand. I stopped and chatted with the owner of the stand about strawberries and modernity. He hated the proliferation of internet reviews for his beloved Panther Beach across the street from his stand. He claimed that dirty hipsters and derelicts from San Francisco were coming down and spreading their filthy graffiti on the rocks, and breaking away pieces of the coastline out of spite and stupidity.
Of course, I had to see for myself what this beautiful place was like before the interlopers completely annihilated the joint. To my great surprise, and awe, Panther Beach was absolutely stunning. A secret so beautiful rarely stays hidden for long, and in this age, the hipster moon was sure to rise above Panther Beach. Fortunately, while there were far more people on this beach than I typically see along the coves of NorCal, no one was painting on the rocks or making 3rd wave coffee with filtered seawater.
I perched on the bluff with my dirty little iPhone 5 and I snapped this piece of wonder using the Hipstamatic App with Florence Lens and Maximus LXIX film. I did only minimal processing beyond capture, just to give the waves a touch of sharpness. This image would look wonderful on your wall at 30"x30" under 1/8" non-glare plexi and an aluminum back. This would be a 200 year piece.