Take It To The Limit

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Abstract / Iceland / Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography


January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland

In a recent blog post, Bruce Percy articulated an aim I’ve had for quite a long time. I’ll quote him:

“For me, a picture isn’t about what is there. It’s not about trees, snow, sky, mountains, rivers, etc, etc. Instead, photos are about graphical forms and tone. They are pictures instead of photos. It’s a subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless.”

To Bruce’s “graphical forms and tone” I will add texture.

This picture appeared when I enlarged the image shown in the last two posts to 100% in DxO to verify focus as part of my original selection process. There it was: pure form and tone with a juxtaposition of texture. It called to me instantly, and it’s obvious to me now that it’s a significant part of what called to me when I originally saw the scene outside the bus window on January 26.

The artifacts from the extreme enlargement are intentional. The requisite roughness.

And no, I’ve never personally met Mark Rothko. Somehow fittingly, I was born right around the time he was painting the canvases that speak to me so well.

(Canon G5X II. 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. I bet this would look amazing, and spellbinding, printed in a large format. Beautiful shot and great eye to catch the subtleties of the scene!

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  2. It’s interesting to read about enlarging a photo to check something, and then discovering the magic that made you look in the first place. The light looks very “Atlantic” to me – not only cool, but rising.

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  3. With all that’s happening, I missed this…
    This is the natural continuation of your “Lagoon, Simplified” and of course it is pure and perfect [slight ‘imperfections’ included!]. 🙂

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