Wordless Wednesday 2

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(Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab, final editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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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 www.amagaphoto.com 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.


  1. Frank Riemer says

    Very striking shot. Love the interplay between all the dichotomies in it.


  2. Carolle-Ann. Mochernuk says

    Michael – Is this truly a place? The light effects seem surreal. CA


  3. I came to photography late but I’ve learned that shots like these rarely come around. That’s not to say that you didn’t take full and complete advantage of the opportunity. Marvelous!


    • Thank you very much. It was a magical location. I will say this: this is part of a photographic workshop on the South Island of New Zealand. We were scheduled to go to Doubtful Sound on a specific day, and that could not be changed. The weather gods provided a sunshiny, cloudless day in late June, which is winter time in New Zealand. Every single one of us grown. We wanted dramatic clouds and mist. Everyone else on the boat thought it was great to have a sunshiny day. Everyone in our workshop was extremely disappointed. Still, Doubtful Sound is staggeringly beautiful. At the end of the day, this was the only landscape/seascape that I was satisfied with. But there was one other shot. Stay tuned…

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  4. Michael, it is my understanding that DxO purchased the Nik Collection…have you used this in your editing? I like how the light blue invites me to into the horizon in this image.


    • You’re right. DxO did purchase the Nik collection. They offered me a free download, and I took it. I installed it, and never used it. They are apparently working on an update. I do my RAW processing with DxO, rather than Lightroom. I’ve used both and I prefer DxO. I prefer it’s internal workflow and it gives me more options in controlling dynamic range. It also has the best noise reduction I have ever seen. Hands-down. Look at the Performance Photography post on my blog. Many of those were shot at ISO 12,800. Nikon does a good job at supplying usable shots at high ISOs. But obviously not perfect. The Prime noise reduction in the elite version of DxO PhotoLab does an amazing job of reducing noise while preserving detail.

      If you look at both the horizons and the floral work on my website it will be obvious to you that I do a lot of post processing. What may not be obvious is that almost all of the interpretive post processing is done with selective sharpening and blurring. Not much else. This particular shot received extremely subtle selective sharpening and blurring. But it’s 97% what Mother Nature handed to me. I’m glad you like it.

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    • Thank you very much, Steve. I did take a look at that photo and I agree with you on everything that you said about New Zealand and on the remarkable color. Next time I go I want to take that ferry.


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