The Calm After the Storm

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California / Photography / Seascapes / Sunset


December 24, 2017. The Sea Ranch, Sonoma Coast, California. Christmas Eve. It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, to get my tenses correct, it had been a dark and stormy night. Now it was clearing.

Outside it was gray-black. Then a glint of orange. Then black.

Inside it was toasty warm.

(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.


  1. I’ve met the absolute darkness of the night sea both at the beach and on a ship…to see a sliver of light…a direction to move towards as confusion eases. An amazing relationship you have with the sea.

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    • Thank you very much, sir! I stuck my neck out a little bit in showing this. But that was my intention. Stay tuned for the next two posts for more outstretched neck.


  2. These last several minimalist images have been so pleasing. If you hang them somewhere be sure to have a bench in front of them so folks can sit and be immersed. I would be.

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  3. This shot certainly has generated a lot of interest – – mine, too! 🙂 That smoldering band of red on the horizon might almost be ominous, a glimpse of a sun almost burnt out.

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    • Thank you very much. I ask you, what good is an image if it isn’t a little bit ambiguous and if it doesn’t stir up some dialogue? Wait till tomorrow! Maximum minimalism! That’s what I say.

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    • My last response came from a rather exuberant mood and I stand by every word. But more seriously, I try to create images that invite the viewer to stick around a while and get into them. Experience has taught me that the less there is an image, the more likely that is to occur — providing what IS in the image is compelling. The aesthetic/creative challenge is achieving that balance. The next two posts stretch this even more. Posting these four images is a bit of a survey. I’m fascinated to see the responses. And they inform me as a photographer.

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      • I’m so glad you wrote this comment out – – the aesthetic appreciation is one part of the experience, and the psychological reaction is also fascinating.

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      • And thank you, Robert. Creating a rich experience requires just the right combination of ingredients. They don’t come around every day. But when they do… I did a photo shoot last Saturday and ended up throwing away every single image. Every single one. They just didn’t cut it.


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