Texture and Tone. Again.

comments 23
Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


January 17, 2012 — Sonoma County Coast, California

Returning with new eyes to a shot taken eight years ago. I’ve just competed a series of webinars by Bruce Percy. He describes himself as a black and white photographer working in color. His sensitivity to tonal balance is inspirational and very instructive.

This shot is pretty much the same as the way I left it the last time I worked on it almost three years ago, but with minor tonal adjustments to a part of the picture that had always bothered me. Bruce’s patient guidance in tonal balance helped me to see why it had bothered me and led the way to my adjusting it to my liking.

Now that it bothers me no more, I can show it to you.

(Canon 40D; Canon EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM Zoom. RAW processing in DxO Photo Pro. Final 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. Just like a watercolor wash, not a look that happens often in photography, not really. I didn’t read other comments so sorry if I repeat what others might have said. Lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I am not sure a slightly darker cloud would have kept this on the shelf for years for me, but it does appear very evenly balanced and pleasing to the eye. It is the artist who is the final judge, not those folks in shows with opinions for example, and your satisfaction with the final outcome says that you have spoken clearly through your vision. It certainly is easy on the eyes and I very much enjoy the slight sheen on the horizon.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you. On this one, especially, balance was extremely important to me. I find that if even a small part of the image is an irritation it just doesn’t work for me.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s