Thankful Thursday

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


May 8, 2015. Devil’s Slide, near Pacifica, California / November 27, 2019. Silicon Valley. Devil’s Slide revisited. Again. I sat at the computer today, looking forward by looking back. The image whispered, “noir” and I went under its spell. I’d have been a fool not to.

A strange image for Thanksgiving, but it it’s from a favorite shoot — for which I am thankful.

And I am thankful to all who visit, follow, read, view, and comment.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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

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  1. Noir it is, especially across the top and across the bottom. Some would call it a light sandwich. The fact that the rays of sunlight emerging from the dark clouds were slanted makes the picture less symmetric and therefore more interesting than if they had come straight down. The spotlight on the surface of the water is quite the eye-catcher.

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  2. As we are thankful for you, Michael. The noir treatment works for me! What I like best is the softness of those rays descending from the cloud, like the barest charcoal smudge. (Actually, there’s an obscure drawing technique that reminds me of. You make carbon dust by rubbing a pencil on a sandpaper block, then slowly apply the dust with tiny brushes or stumps to a surface with fine enough teeth to hold it. You can get incredibly smooth tonal transitions.) Here’s a description:
    Also I appreciate the restraint you show with the main reflection on the water, and those extras way out there, waiting in the wings. 😉

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    • Thank you very, very much! You get every single nuance. I am aware of that drawing technique and the falling light reminded me of it so I enhanced that in post processing, just a little bit. A big part of the challenge and post processing images like this is maintaining the balance between too much and not enough.


  3. This is beyond beautiful, Michael. It’s like an invitation to a walk in the dark, gorgeous light, a photo I wish I’d captured myself. Hope you had a memorable Thanksgiving. x

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