Moonlight Mile

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July 10, 2010. San Gregorio Bluffs, San Mateo County, California — and last night in my office.

This is an impossibly small crop of a much larger frame — a starting point for an imaginary stroll on walkable water.

I was going to post this last night, but it wasn’t ready. This is a picture where every nuance counts. An adjustment of just one click plus or minus in vibrancy or color balance or layer blending made a visible difference. Everything is poised on the head of a pin. Had to sleep on it. Glad I did. A few changes in the morning finally resulted in a smile for both me and the Muse.

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing and initial editing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Final 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.


    • In most images you can’t get away with a crop the small but since the only detail is simply a straight line I managed to fool physics and get away with it. As far as what I saw when I originally took the picture: yes and no. I didn’t have the focal length to get just a line at the time. But if I had, it still would’ve been a wider view than this. I find myself increasing in boldness in what I am willing to try. Pushing myself. This is good.


      • I think there are a few of us out there who especially like the color blue. 🙂 I still remember seeing the painted wall of a building beside a parking lot in downtown Syracuse when I was maybe 8 years old. It was this brilliant, deep blue – very much like Yves Klein blue. It made me happy and it really stuck with me.

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      • We moved 3 times so I grew up in 4 places, but what made it easier was that the moves were in harmony with my schooling, so to speak. Syracuse was grade school – K – 5. Then another upstate town close to Buffalo for 2 years, & suburban NJ for high school. I couldn’t wait to escape to NYC, which I loved since first seeing it at age 5. When did you move West? Was college on the west coast or on the east?

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      • Moved west when I was two months into the seventh grade. Severe culture shock from Geneva New York to the San Francisco Bay area. 🤪 College was on the West Coast. Stockton California. The armpit of California. Where in suburban New Jersey did you go to high school?

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      • We lived in a small bedroom community called Mountain Lakes, mid-northern NJ, near Boonton/Parsippany. I didn’t like it at all – I found the people to be very uptight and insular. But education-wise it was a good place. Oh, I can imagine the transition from NY to the Bay Area must have been intense, especially at that age. It’s good to have experienced both coasts though, right?

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