Head in the Clouds

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


August 12, 2020 — Marin County Coast, California

It’s easier to have one’s head in the clouds if the clouds are at or only slightly above sea level. The California coast is famous for sea-level clouds in the summer. We locals call it fog.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. 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 www.amagaphoto.com 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 very much! Yes, that’s what I like too. It gets softly quiet. The shot became what it is in post. I saw what I wanted when I took the shot but it wasn’t all there. Mother nature did the best she could to give me what I envisioned, but I had to take it the rest of the way in post.

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  1. That foggy cloud (cloudy fog?) is such a hint out there – beautifully rendered, Michael! My eyes start playing tricks on me the same way they do in fog, where you start to see forms shifting around and disappearing.

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      • I’ve finally figured out that ‘post’ is an abbreviated version of ‘post processing.’ You’ve abstracted your language as well as your images! (I suppose that’s actually photographers’ jargon that I just didn’t know.)

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      • No matter. I suspect all of your readers are smart enough to figure out such mysteries! I’m going to the Urban Dictionary more often than you might imagine to figure out acronyms or new terms that I’ve never come across. I’m probably your most living-under-a-rock reader.

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      • Living-under-a-rock reader? Hardly. Your writing has open the doors for me that I didn’t even know were there.

        If you decide to enter the realm of post processing, I strongly advise you to begin shooting all your photographs RAW. The menu system on your camera gives you the choice of shooting RAW, JPEG, or both. The JPEG that comes out of the camera is sort of like the print you get at the drugstore. RAW is more akin to the negative. You can do a lot more with it. But you have to “develop“ it. Most people use Adobe Lightroom. I use DxO PhotoLab. There’s a learning curve, but it is quite rewarding.


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