Chalk Light

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

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May 8, 2015. Devil’s Slide, near Pacifica, California. Another hidden treasure from the archives, this one from a memorable shoot on Devil’s Slide.

When I was in high school, one of my favorite things to do was sketching with chalk on black paper. When I look out to sea, my favorite thing to see is a streak of light on the horizon.

Reminds me of chalk. Reminds me that even then I was seeking to strip away everything but the essence.

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D750; Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G Zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

For more Seascape Horizons, see www.amagaphoto.com

A Remarkable Day — Quicksilver Sea

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

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December 23, 2017, Sonoma County Coast. This was taken about two hours before the shot in the last post. This is what this most remarkable day looked like. No post-processing except to straighten the horizon 1/10 degree (hand-held shot) and tone down the white at the top of the frame a just as tiny little bit. That’s it. It was a quicksilver sea. The Pacific was living up to its name.

Be well. Be kind. Do Good. Create.

(Nikon D500; Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G Zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Beyond

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Dec 8, 2014 — Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Another archive dive. The image came to me in a dream recently. There was nothing special about the original shot — but today I was in search of a good starting point. Those pixels never knew what hit them…

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Canon 7D, Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

There is a Place

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Dec 6, 2013 — Sonoma County Coast, California

An archive dive. Taken within a few minutes of one that I posted nearly a year ago. An idealization / abstraction / impression of reality. The lives of many pixels were changed forever…

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Sony RX-100. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

(WordPress has altered the tones on this. Click/tap on the image for a better rendition. I hope.)

A Mutable Squall

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March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California

Every pixel was spoken to softly and coaxed and cajoled into a new life because, you see, many of my influences lived a couple of centuries ago. They didn’t have pixels. They had pigments. And that’s what they did with pigments in those days.

Tech note: This was all done with varying degrees of microcontrast (Lightroom calls it Clarity) in DxO PhotoLab and then put into layers and selectively smart-sharpened and/or surface-blurred and finally blended in Photoshop. No paint filters. Ever.

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

First Poppy of the Year

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California / California Poppy / Floral Photography / Flower / Impressionism / Inspiration / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Poppy

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February 20, 2020 — Los Gatos Creek Trail, California

A floral palindrome. Mother Nature is very accommodating in giving me a place to start.

(Nikon D850, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

More fine-art photography at www.amagaphoto.com

What a Diff’rence a Crop Makes

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March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California

What a diff’rence a crop made

Ten percent’s left of pixels

And to pixels that were nixel’d —

You’ll be mourned; but this is unadorned

 

Though panorama has attraction

There is soul in abstraction

We see only a fraction

But the essence is clear

 

Oh, what a diff’rence a crop makes

Form and tone lay before me

Skies above are not stormy

Since that moment of bliss

The cropper’s kiss

 

It’s heaven when you

Find abstraction on your menu

What a diff’rence a crop made

And a diff’rence in hue

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmBxVfQTuvI

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Calm

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Positivity / Seascapes

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March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California

On Sunday, we took a ride along the coast. We were alone. The Pacific was calm…

We returned to California on February 2 when the virus situation was just brewing. In the next six weeks the world was plunged into turmoil.

These are uncertain times and as a general rule, people don’t deal with uncertainty very well. I’ve seen an entire spectrum of reactions and responses ranging from rolling with the punches to considerable emotional distress. A common feeling is one of being out of control — a carpet has been pulled out from under us, upsetting the balance of life. Confusion ensues.

Social distancing and a variety of degrees of restrictions of movement make life even more difficult and further take matters out of our hands. People deal with it in various ways, some better than others.

But there is one thing we each have complete control over: our ability to create. In the blog society that I’m a part of, many people are photographers. Others draw and paint. Still others craft words. There are musicians. Philosophers. Social commentators. Chefs. And more. All are extremely creative.

And we are all human beings. We create or lives, our relationships, our work, our friendships, our care of others, and more.

All of this is creativity and the act of creation. It all amounts to the expression and celebration of life in countless ways.

And that is completely under our control. We can create our way out of confusion and into peace of mind.

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Iceland Encore

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January 27, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland

Only when the last post actually published did I realize it might be just a bit on the bleak, somber side. That’s not how I want to leave Iceland, nor is it the parting thought of Iceland that I want to leave for you.

Here’s something a bit more on the bright side.

Now we’ll move on…

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Iceland Waves Bye Bye

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January 26, 2020 — Reynisfjara (Black Sand) Beach, Iceland

We’ve been home since the second of February. There has been enough time to sift through the bounty and select the best and you’ve seen quite a bit. It’s very possible that more will pop up after they’ve had a chance to marinate on the archive drive for a while. We shall see. One thing is certain: we will go back.

One more thing: Iceland has weathered many storms, as have we all. And we shall all continue to weather storms of all sorts. The Human spirit is strong and resilient by nature. Be well. Do good.

(Nikon D850, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex.)