Close. Very, Very Close.

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Point Reyes / Seascapes


June 19, 2020 — Point Reyes National Seashore, California

The summer ocean is not as rambunctious as the winter ocean. But when you get close, interesting things happen.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; 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. Excellent! Kind of scary-looking but also exhilarating.
    NASA’s next probe is going to Titan, and they keep mentioning oceans of liquid methane, I’ve no idea what that would look like, but this photo brought that to mind. It would also be such a great book cover for Homer’s Odyssey, that old translation, a “wine-dark sea.”
    (I guess it would have to be Syrah, that’s the darkest wine I know!)

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  2. I kind of hate it when I am told “that’s your best shot ever”, so I won’t say it here. But it certainly one of the most interesting and great cause for curiosity. It would stop me in my tracks were I walking through a gallery…but many of your images would.


  3. melissabluefineart says

    I love the contrast between the dark water and that wonderful line of breaking line, complemented by a dash of spray. Just wonderful.

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  4. Fantastic, Michael, I love it. I’ve always been interested in playing with scale, and this does that. At the same time, it complements your distant landscapes really nicely. I like the solid black lower half, too. Wonderful. 🙂

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