Light on the Horizon, Kiwi Style

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Impressionism / Inspiration / New Zealand / Photo Log / Photography / Positivity / Seascapes


June 28, 2018 — Puketeraki Lookout, Otago, South Island, New Zealand

Rescued from the archives.

Here’s one that I kept coming back to, but in post-processing I could never get it to do what I saw. Tonight I could. And did. Persistence pays off in the end.

This is for all the Kiwis who are showing the rest of the world how it’s done. In adversity, the light shines even brighter. Persistence pays off in the end.

Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2. Final 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 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.


    • We didn’t make it there, although it would’ve been great. We went to the Cape Saunders conservation area and the eastern most tip of Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula. It was absolutely amazing.


      • Even though we kept busy and traveled a lot during our two New Zealand trips, we still covered only a small fraction of all the visit-worthy places that country has to offer.

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      • We as well, and we’ve only been there once. We are definitely looking forward to returning once the world has normalized to the degree that must eventually, somehow, normalize. Whatever that is.


  1. This would have been taken on my birthday. I was flying back to the states, over the sea from Germany that day. Perseverance is one of the greatest decisions we make in life. My German grandmother used to tell me that all of life is tough, and it takes patience, persistence and perspiration to achieve all of the great moments in life. She was right.


  2. Inspiration sometimes picks its moments as it obviously did here when it spoke to you and gave you what was needed to create this pleasing image. The central cloud almost seems a comforting hand from the heavens.

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    • Thank you. The original image out of the camera was only a suggestion of what the final image turns out to be. It was my ever increasing skill in DxO that made the difference. And yes, the central cloud is it.

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    • Thank you very much. As I said, it took a lot of work to finally get out of this picture what I wanted. And the Kiwis have put a lot of work into getting the results that they are getting. Brave, resourceful, and smart.

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