A Mutable Squall

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


March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California

Every pixel was spoken to softly and coaxed and cajoled into a new life because, you see, many of my influences lived a couple of centuries ago. They didn’t have pixels. They had pigments. And that’s what they did with pigments in those days.

Tech note: This was all done with varying degrees of microcontrast (Lightroom calls it Clarity) in DxO PhotoLab and then put into layers and selectively smart-sharpened and/or surface-blurred and finally blended in Photoshop. No paint filters. Ever.

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

The Author

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. It was a dark and stormy sky…
    In most of my photographs I push the Clarity slider up some or even a lot. The main exception is with portraits of people, where I generally push the slider down to soften skin features a little. I’ve also quickly gotten fond of upping the recent Texture slider.

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  2. I was in a webinar yesterday with landscape photographer Steven Friedman…you probably know him…he talked about storms and inclement weather as perfect for shooting…lovely composition…feels peaceful Michael ☺️🤓 smiles Hedy

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