Constable Clouds

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Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

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December 24, 2018, Sonoma County Coast. I took a walk on the bluffs on Christmas Eve. A little while before sunset, sunbeams drew a broad “A” behind a rapidly moving, billowing cloud bank. It looked promising. “Don’t quite like how it looks? Think it could improve?” I asked myself rhetorically. “Wait five seconds.” I did—and it just kept getting better.

Over the next few minutes, many exposures were made. One was chosen. On this Christmas Eve it seemed that Impressionism was not in the offing. It was Romanticism.

In post-processing, the clouds leapt out of the monitor. It seemed like they came through the centuries, straight from the works of John Constable. I emphasized the cloud forms with a tiny level adjustment and softened the ocean just a bit, but it didn’t take a lot of work. The picture was already there. Mother Nature gave it to me complete.

This seascape has been added to the Weather gallery of my AMAGA Photography website.

(Nikon D850, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2. DxO Photolab 2 and Adobe Photoshop.)

The Author

California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


    • Thank you for admiring and following. Watching the weather coming in over the Pacific is moving and thrilling at the same time. I’m privileged to be able to capture it.


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