The One That (Almost) Got Away

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Iceland / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


January 24, 2020 — Londrangar View Point, Snaefellsjökull Peninsula, Iceland

Beside the fact that it was his photography workshop in the first place, I have Gary Hart to thank for this one in another way. His blog post today* prompted me to go back and review my own version of the same scene, and when I did, I came across this shot made about fifteen minutes earlier.

I’d overlooked it because the RAW file seemed kind of bland. But this time I saw potential that I didn’t see the first dozen times I looked at it — and with a modest amount of work in DxO and nothing but a crop in Photoshop, here it is.

Taken in the context of my last few posts, are we seeing a theme here?

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. ISO 64, 20 sec at f/16; 6-stop neutral density filter. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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*He’s right. It was cold. The thermometer reading wasn’t so bad; it was the thirty mile-per-hour wind and the stinging snow that was the source of the big chill. But the best photography happens in the worst weather.

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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 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. Gary Hart is a very inspiring photographer.

    As you’ve been saying with these retrospective reprocessings, a little time and experience offer old files new life and thankfully so. I like both images, the earlier and the later, but of course today’s is a bit more Michael than the other…meaning the other is a fine image that I’d be proud to call my own, but this is more interpretive, expressive, and speaks of your vision more completely. And I disagree about it being bleak…seems more contemplative. 🙂


    • Thanks very much, Steve. I am happier with this version. And, I think it could be bleak, moody, contemplative, calm according to, uh, mood. And I have to credit Gary Hart with helping me to get more serious about photography, although he doesn’t know it. I was following his blog for years before signing up to go to New Zealand with him in 2018.


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