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August 14, 2020 — Sonoma Coast, California

At the moment, California is hot, dry, and incendiary. This is cold, wet, and quenching. Think good thoughts.

(Nikon D500 Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. 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 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.


  1. With so much of the action being at the left, did you consider cropping off the mostly black portion at the right? I realize that in so doing you would have lost part of the interesting “isthmus” in the lower right. I’ve sometimes faced that kind of quandary: something in a corner displeases me (often by not being in sharp focus), and I could eliminate that unwanted area by cropping off a vertical strip or a horizontal strip, but either way the crop would also eliminate something I’d like to keep. I wonder how viewers would react to a picture in which a corner rather than a strip had been removed, leaving a non-rectangular frame with six sides. In any case, you may be quite happy with your picture as it is, and can consider my question hypothetical.

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    • Thanks very much, Steve. I thought long and hard about this crop and sought the opinion of the Muse, who is the Queen of Crops. The isthmus was a major appeal to me and I sought to balance the shot by extending the aspect ratio to allow it more length and thus visual weight. It was originally 4×5 and I changed it to 3×2 to achieve that balance. It’s a tough one. In truth, the jury is still out.

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  2. Well, this member of the jury approves. I like the dynamism, and the sense that the lower water’s receding while the reinforcing wave is coming in from the upper left.

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  3. I like the balance in this. The motion not covering the entire frame seems reminiscent of what I have experienced at times along the Maine coast when the wave is receding. 3000 miles apart yet similarly close.

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