Silver Squall

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography


Dec 24, 2018. Sonoma County Coast, California.

Hidden in the Archives, waiting to be coaxed into being. Took some coaxing, but I believe the pixels are happy. (This is exactly what I said in the June 8, 2020 post. This shot was taken 54 seconds later. The technical info is corrected here, though.)

(Nikon D850; Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 DI VC USD Zoom. 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 โ€” near and distant โ€” 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. I guess you could say this was sitting and maturing because it is gorgeous. The smooth layers in the foreground are so pleasing as it the soft gradient in the sky. A winner.

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  2. “Waiting to be coaxed into being”–what a perfect description, Michael, of the way that you are able to see and bring to life the hidden potential in some of your images, like a sculptor chipping away the excess material to reveal the sculpture hidden within the block of marble.

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  3. This is very much a summer sea in the Gulf. There are times when the wind lays and only smooth swells stir the surface of the water. From that perspective, this is a wonderfully evocative photo; aesthetically, it’s pure pleasure.

    I don’t know why it’s taken so long for this thought to cross my mind, but I wondered this morning if or how ‘pixels’ and ‘pixies’ are related. The short answer is they’re not, since ‘pixel’ is a portmanteau of ‘picture’ and ‘element.’ (No, I didn’t know that.)

    But pixies? I grinned when I read that the word’s “of obscure origin,” perhaps from Cornwall. The earliest printed references are in pixy-path — “path on which one is led astray by pixies” — and pixie-led, or “lost, bewildered.” If there were any pixel-pixies lurking about while you were working on this one, they surely didn’t lead you astray.

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    • Thank you. I have seen the summer see you in the golf and I know exactly what you mean. Very often the original image speaks to me and suggests what I should do in the final editing to bring out what I consider to be the essential vision. In that sense there are pixel pixies leading me down the path. Thank you for your acknowledgment that they were kind to me. In turn, I tried to be kind to them.

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      • You know what they say: different coax for different folks (the word used to be spelled cokes and it originally meant ‘to fool’). You sure fooled some of those pixels.

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      • No kidding. If you saw what I actually did in Photoshop, you would see that the ones who thought they were simply along for the ride ended up doing a lot of the hard work. I did fool โ€˜em.


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