Chalk Light

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


May 8, 2015. Devil’s Slide, near Pacifica, California. Another hidden treasure from the archives, this one from a memorable shoot on Devil’s Slide.

When I was in high school, one of my favorite things to do was sketching with chalk on black paper. When I look out to sea, my favorite thing to see is a streak of light on the horizon.

Reminds me of chalk. Reminds me that even then I was seeking to strip away everything but the essence.

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D750; Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G Zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Reminds me of a night I stood on a beach in which I experienced the Pacific’s absolute absence of light with the San Diego’s night lights to my back. The darkness was terrifying … reflections of light upon the waves as within your image would comfort as if they were a soft night light.

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  2. Of all the pictures you’ve shown here, this one probably has the most dark and the least light. As you see it, the fact that it’s chalk light undoubtedly compensates for its small quantity.

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