Aluminum Sea

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


July 10, 2010. San Gregorio Bluffs, San Mateo County, California.

On my way from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, I decided on the spur of the moment to take the scenic route. Web Cam showed some coastal clouds and I was hoping to get a sun-dappled sea. All I had with me was trusty MiniCam™ — my Canon G5X II. (The best camera is the one you have with you, so have something decent with you. That’s my motto.)

Clouds were insufficient for dappling, but the sea was pretty flat. Shimmering. Nice for Intentional Camera Motion.

The G5X II is very good for its size, but it does have its limitations. It has a built-in three-stop neutral density filter, which is nice but about three stops short of what I needed for ICM. Best shutter speed I could get without unrecoverable overexposure was 1/30. I had to twist fast to get any blur at all, so this is subtle ICM. (It’s also good exercise.)

Off the camera and on the box, the sky above was a mismatch for the streaky sliver below. Squinting at the monitor, the Muse thought the clouds should be softer to play quiet harmony with the sea. She was right.

(Canon G5X II. 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. Aluminum and burnished metal are both good descriptions, maybe also “mercurial,” in the sense of a shimmering, metallic appearance (and not unpredictable mood swings!)

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  2. the muse was right and Michael, I know this area. The worse fog I had ever driven in was in 2003 along the coast from san fran to san jose – I went so slow in my little Honda.
    oh and LOVE the post title – aluminum sea ( with metallic glow)

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