The Sun Shouldn’t Look like This

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California / Photography


September 8, 2020 — Berkeley, California

But it did, at 8:38 a.m. The fires burn on.

(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 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. The ‘fire effect’ may be a beautiful one but it’s by no means beautiful… In other words, this is an amazingly beautiful shot which …shouldn’t be there to take in the first place. But us artists see beauty everywhere, don’t we… 😉

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  2. I’m thinking you finally had to do/say something. And it’s a great statement, a beautiful photo that shouldn’t be, but is. As you’ve probably heard, Washington has it bad too, right now – nothing like CA but not good. The smoke was bad yesterday, even here. The sunlight is eerie.

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    • You’re right. I did. I just posted something on characteristically documentary on Instagram. Yes it is bad down here but I just looked at Central Washington where the AQI is 300 or more in places.

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      • It’s bad over there! Our local monitor seems to be on the blitz but it looks well under 100 right now and the next nearest two meters are well under 100. We actually got out for a walk this morning! We saw 9 vultures in two trees, just hanging out – I’ve never seen them gather in trees in numbers like that. Then, 7 otters swimming together and coming in to shore. We were sniffling and pome panting on the hills but a slight breeze made the walk doable and I’m so glad I got out. I hope the winds quiet down for you.

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      • It is quite bad down here. The entire San Francisco Bay area and Northern California but especially the bay area right now. I have an app on my iPhone called AirVisual. I highly recommend it. It would’ve been wonderful to see those otters. Check out the blog tomorrow. I most always post at midnight. Also, if you’re on Instagram check out what I posted this morning. @amagaphoto

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    • I saw the Insta posts…scary. Will try Airvisual but wish they used the monitor that’s much closer to where we live. That one seems to be still offline so they substituted the other one. Thanks, Michael! Shallow breathing! 😉

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  3. I talked this evening to friends outside of Medford, Oregon. They’re entirely too close to the Ameda fire, and both Talent and Phoenix, which they frequent, have substantial damage. They were without power because of the winds (tree limbs on power lines and so on) but grateful that their cell phone was working. They’ve been advised to stay put unless an evac is ordered for their area. Their description of the sky and smoke would suit your photo.

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