Through a Glass, Lightly

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photography / Seascapes


December 22, 2017. Sonoma County Coast, California. On our way to The Sea Ranch for Christmas. The Pacific was living up to its name. Pacific. Peaceful. Mirror flat. The sky was calm. The temperature was mild. All was right with the world. Waiting until the clouds lazily drifted into position, I clicked.

I wanted the dreamy look that Nature suggested. I just helped her along a bit. Then in creative rapture I hit a wrong key combination in Photoshop. Embracing the error, I offer it to you thus. Voilà.

(Nikon D750; Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G Zoom. RAW processing in DxO Pro; 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 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.


    • Creative rapture is just getting caught up in the joy of creating. What happened is I accidentally filled the entire screen with white and the image just disappeared. Completely freaked me out. After I realized what I had done, I tried dialing some transparency into the white. At some point I achieved a balance and what you see is what I got.


      • I was about to ask what the mistake was. The last comment and answer did the work for me. Accidents have been the source of many discoveries. Penicillin comes to mind as a classic example from the 20th century medicine.

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    • Nope. Good guess though. It took a lot of work in Photoshop a complete division that the original scene suggested to me. The thing is, original scene suggested something to me. I had to take it the rest of the way. Almost everything on my fine art website is the product of the original scene suggesting something to me and me taking it the rest of the way. This week you will see three more examples.


      • Yes, I’m acquainted with a process in which the image and I journey through a silent communication of creativity. Also, if I ignore a nudge, regret is sure to follow. I’ve tried to bring about a long exposure affect in photoshop…never have have been as successful as this beautiful image.


      • Always listen to the muse. She’s trying to tell you something. This shot was something like the usual 1/1000 f/8 ISO 100. Nothing fancy. It was all in DxO and Photoshop.

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  1. A happy accident Michael and a beautiful result. Have done that on purpose a few times. I love the look it creates. Learned it in a photography class

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    • That is really interesting! If I look through the scene as three dimensional I see a misty quality — which I was going for — but if I look at it as a two dimensional object then I see the nacreous quality.

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  2. I love the way the horizon morphs from razor -sharp to totally smudged, in a very short time. Handling this bright light could not have been easy. Fabulous.

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