Rip Saw

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California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


August 14, 2020 — Sonoma County Coast, California

Hiding in the archives. Right out in the open, waiting to be found. Latest in the Wave Cave series. A little less tranquil than recent posts.

Fairly small crop of a 600mm shot (400mm on a 1.5 crop sensor). ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/600 sec.

(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. Love the double meaning in your title — or at least, the double meaning I suspect is there: wind and currents rip-sawing waves, and Rip van Photographer waking to see a new way of processing an old photo.

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  2. Love the dynamism of this image, Michael. I am intrigued not only by the image itself but also by the fact that you thought to take it. I know that when I have a telephoto in my hand, this is not the kind of image that I would even think of capturing.


    • I have been inspired for a couple of years by Rachael Talibart, but what I don’t want to do is copy her. (Although some shots I did in Iceland are pretty close to her style). I was shooting some waves this summer, and they weren’t large enough to be dramatic but then I saw amazing sculptural detail close up. Then I went on a quest for that.


  3. Grab a wave, dude! Nicely captured. It’s surprising sometimes what we don’t see at first and you have surprised yourself, and us, often lately. “Liquefied frozen water”. 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, dude! Given the fast shutter speed I could say liquefied frozen water – frozen.

      Given the smoke and extreme heat, I haven’t been out shooting recently. When I go to the archives it seems my perception is changing and I’m seeing possibilities I haven’t originally seen.

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      • Although I have not been housebound, even by the pandemic as we were encouraged to be out getting exercise responsibly…obviously not an option with a smoky atmosphere…I have still been resurrecting old files, some of which were decent and others that were not until new skills were developed. My post tonight is an example and I think possibly influenced by your use of parts of an image.

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