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California / Photo Log / Photography


July 19, 2020 — Richmond, California

No dramatic foreground. Mostly a practice shot. Conditions: Not so good. Hazy sky. Thin high clouds. Still, the tiniest wisp of the ion tail shows on my monitor, if not here. Seeking a clear dark sky. San Francisco Bay Area in July doesn’t like to produce such a thing. Tomorrow’s weather forecast looks a little better, however.

(Nikon D500, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. ISO 800, f/2.8, 3 sec. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Noise reduction in Topaz DeNoise AI. 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.


    • Thank you. If the weather’s good it’s in the northwest sky directly under the big dipper at about 10 PM local time. Actually it’s there even if the weather isn’t good but you won’t be able to see it. 😉


  1. Well, practice makes perfect so looking forward to your next effort. That’s 100% more than I have seen here and I have sort of tossed in the towel. It is currently cloudy and supposedly will clear later but not until around midnight. Not sure I’ve got that in me. Good luck with your next shot.

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