There’s a There There

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California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

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July 25, 2020 — San Gregorio Bluffs, San Mateo County, California.

Gertrude said, “There’s no there there.”

Sometimes the less “there” there is, the more “there there” there is.

There, I’ve said it.

Gertrude was obviously thinking of somewhere else.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. 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. It certainly is better although from the email view I could tell it was going to be even better seen large. Of course it’s hard to comment by just looking at the email. A wonderful study in soft tones with just enough texture in the water to let us know we are seeing the sea (or any body of water). I would like to have been “there”.

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      • I took a cue from your comment and just watched that video. By coincidence, the photograph that got worked on in the tutorial came from Glenorchy, New Zealand, where we spent a night in 2017. By further coincidence, a half-hour television show that we watched this weekend also spent a couple of minutes on Glenorchy.

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      • Thank you. Bruce Percy is a go-to guy on the subject of tone separation. Here is an amazing coincidence or irony: when I was in Glenorchy in 2018, I did not take that exact shot because it was a similar day and I could not separate the tones of the trees from the background in the shot so I decided to skip it altogether.

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      • He says he would have walked away and not made the image. But he turned it into something pretty nice. I have forgotten everything I knew about using L*A*B* but in reading Dan Margulis’ “Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace” he claims that there is no bad image. IOW, every file can be turned into a useful image. I think that may be overstating things but it encouraged me to set problem files aside for another day and some have come back to being a nice image.

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      • I have resurrected many images that I thought were hopeless. But I have many more that never even made it to the starting gate because they just weren’t very good in the first place.

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      • I just checked out his website a little bit. Need to look more. Need to separate the technical from the art. I’ve seen quite a few people who were incredible technicians but not very good artists. Still it’s good to learn the tech.

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  2. This is so restful. I’m having a hard time deleting the e-mail version, and I keep clicking through to the post itself and then on the photograph. You have certainly found your niche.

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    • Thank you. I don’t think you have to delete the email version. Just click on the blog title in the email and that should launch your web browser and take you to the actual blog on the web.


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