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


December 24, 2017. The Sea Ranch, Sonoma Coast, California. Christmas Eve. A few hours before the previous post’s photo. The storm was coming in. The sky was threatening but the water was still flat calm. It all had a silvery glow that only winter can bestow.

This is the essence.

(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. In showing us a silver sliver of light , did you notice how silver is an anagram of sliver? Even better, all you have to do is reverse the second and third letters to turn one word into the other.

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  2. Michael,
    I have come back for anothe look at this series of images a couple of times, both on my Tablet & PC monitor.
    The subtle changes in light, gives a feeling of tranquility and peacefulness, which belies the probable weather conditions.
    Well made indeed.

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    • It’s the streak of light on the horizon that so often grabs me. If you look at the fine art website, you’ll see that I am captured by that streak very often. I am glad to know that I am not the only one.


    • Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I thought I knew Georgia’s work pretty well, but I have never seen that one. It clean knocks me out. Additionally, there are echoes of Rothko. Another favorite of mine. To me, the true riches are in simplicity.


    • Thank you very very much. A lot of thought went into those clouds. I don’t know how many versions of this I made before I decided this was the one. A subtle contrast adjustment resulted in very noticeable banding, which is a huge potential liability in digital imaging, but in this case it worked. If you look in the Steel Gallery of the fine art website, you will see a very different rendition of an image that was made within a few minutes of this one.


    • It is so gratifying when someone sees what I see. It means that I have successfully communicated. Thank you. And, by the way, I find your work to be very special. And consistently so.

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    • Thank you very much, Lynn. It took a delicate touch and many attempts. Moving, for example, a microcontrast slider just one point made a difference. (In DxO it’s called Microcontrast. In Lightroom it’s called Clarity.)

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  3. Oops. Missed this one so I am out of order. Again, these are made for contemplation. I don’t practice mindfulness (I know I’d be better off if I did) and thse would be great subjects.

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