As Fantasized

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Abstract / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes / Sunset


June 28, 1018 — Cape Saunders, Otago Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand

Forty-five seconds later. Stirred, not shaken. With a twist.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; 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.


  1. Who wouldn’t like the wedge? It’s not clear whether the twist came about naturally in just 45 seconds (perhaps you aimed in a different direction) or whether you induced it through manipulation.

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    • Thank you very much. It takes practice. Since the mirrors up and I can’t see through the lens, I sight along the edge of the pentaprism bump on top of the camera and that helps me keep things aligned. Takes many attempts though. We were running out of time at this location and on this particular scene I only tried two shots with a twist. This one worked. I got lucky.

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  2. I was just introduced to the Morag Paterson’s work. Her work brings to mind these latest works you have posted. I wasn’t able to attend Brice Percy’s workshops…how were they? I understand he included a critique aspect … I think that is mostly why I opted out…felt a bit fragile imagining this process. Be safe, be well.

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    • Wow! Thank you for the introduction! Her work is right down my alley. Around my corner. Up my street. At my front door. Bruce has several workshops going. This one does not involve critique. Several months ago, through Instagram, I invited him to take a look at my formal website. He complemented me very nicely on my work and picked out one in particular that he thought was extremely special. He’s an extremely gentle guy. His critiques would be both kind and helpful. And by the way, I think your work is really really good. It could definitely stand up to scrutiny. This series is not over yet. Two more to go. Each presentation is 40 minutes to an hour with about another half-hour question and answer. Extremely instructive. A lot of what he is covering, I already knew either from his books or from my own experience. But this crystallizes things and gives me valuable insight into how to bring out nuance in my own work. Of course, I admire his art to the utmost, but I am also seeing what an excellent communicator he is. And he is so thoroughly, completely not full of himself. I wonder if you could get the recordings he is making of this workshop. Check out his website and see. Meanwhile I have a lot of exploration of Morag Paterson’s work to do. Besides you, she’s the only other person I’ve seen pull off pure cloudscapes and make them work.

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    • Thanks for the tip, Brenda. Morag Paterson’s work is impressive and I’m looking forward to learn more about her and her work.

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  3. I’m not a native speaker and just now I realise I need to extend my vocabulary. This is one of the best ICM I have seen. Love the dynamic twist here compared to the previous one. Gorgeous, Michael.

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      • My spouse is German and we still communicate in German. I love the language and mein Wortschatz is groß, in English not quite so. Reading Camus in English recently was a delightful surprise and I intend to reread it later for the sake of the language.

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      • I admire that the two of you are multilingual. I am good at many things, but I’ve never been very good at learning different languages. I have never tackled Camus. Perhaps I should. I was wondering what I said in my post that prompted your comment about vocabulary?

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      • Nothing, it was my wish to have more words at my disposal when writing a comment and not being totally stereotyped with “great picture!”
        Albert Camus’ “The Plague” is brilliant, a story for our and all times and rightly earned him the Nobel Prize.

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  4. This is beautiful, and I can see how the three might be a progression, if I were you, the maker. But not as a good, better, best thing, rather as a logical evolving-toward. The layering is wonderful – ICM can be such a hit or miss process; this is a definite hit. The three together would be great printed half-human size.

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