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


Dec 30, 2019 — Sonoma County Coast

What a difference a crop makes. (This isn’t quite monochrome. There’s subtle color here, but WP — WordPress — has all but WiPed is out.)

(Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; 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 www.amagaphoto.com 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. There are a lot of pictures in pictures which I am just starting to work with more also. Sometimes the large overwhelms the small while being experienced until we have a chance to study and glean. I liked Fury quite a bit but am even more pulled into this crop of the whole. The color is subtle but I am glad that it is there.

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  2. I’ve often enough seen the virtue of cropping in on a prime element of a larger view, and you’re right that a change in orientation between horizontal and vertical can make a big difference in how we experience an image. After looking back and forth several times at this photograph and the broader one from last time, I’m still favoring the overall view with its sequence of dynamic areas.

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  3. Subtle and stellar – reminds me of the night sky. Time for me to stop feeling old, I’ve got a number of sixes that I haven’t celebrated yet. Enjoy that day, when it comes!

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  4. I think I see some blues and brownish tones in there…the detail is framed with care, so nicely balanced. The conversation with Steve has me wondering – Capricorn or Aquarius – has to be Aquarius but there’s always so much more than one’s sun sign. 🙂

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  5. Happy birthday to you, Michael! It’s always inspiring to see your work. Cropping is interesting and sometimes amazing 😉
    My birthday is coming up next week and I’m treating myself to a photo workshop in the Lake District. I was so hoping for snow dust on the mountains…

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