Return to the Sea 1: Rising

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


January 28, 2017; Sonoma County, California. Heading home after a weekend on the coast. As I drove, I watched this squall develop over a period of thirty minutes but there was no place safe to pull off the road for an unobstructed view. Thought I was going to lose it for sure. Finally a safe turnout. And there she was, climbing out of the water, into the cloud.

(Nikon D750, Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 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 β€” near and distant β€” 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 visited, remained, and then…three layers came into view. In a few moments my eyes were invited to revisit the center layer…I found myself gently moving into the clouds. Thank you.

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  2. This i s one of my favorites, Michael. Just a little bit of action… πŸ˜‰ Seriously, there’s something very appealing about the push-pull between photographing a very dramatic sky and then processing the result in a very subtle way.

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