Soft Solace of the Sea

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Abstract / California / Horizon / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


September 11, 2020 — My Office, California

Creating space like this is the only way I can breathe.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing and initial editing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Final editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

The Author

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. While Bruce Percy writes about the whitest white and the blackest black as being elements within a photograph that draws the eye, I’ve never seen anyone use a sharp defined line (horizon) as the point of interest with the contrast of softness and gentleness within the sky and ocean. Beautiful.

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    • Thank you very much. I have long been a fan of that sharp line. In this particular case I took extra steps to make it extra sharp. I find that you don’t necessarily need absolute values to get a contrast. You just need values that are sufficiently different to get a contrast. In this particular shot it’s a constant dance between which is lighter or darker: the sky or the sea.

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  2. “Creating space like this is the only way I can breathe.”

    I know what you mean, I think. I am trying to make music that sounds how your images look, if that makes a kind of synesthetic sense (more susurrus!).

    Beautiful as always.

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    • Thank you. We have been hearing from people all over the world asking about us. We are safe. We are very concerned about the future – immediately the rest of the fire season, which goes through November, but even more so the next 50 years.


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