A Full Deck

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


October 5, 2020 — San Francisco Bay, California

The fog deck hung fully over the bay. Nothing more to say except that this could have been taken at 900 feet — which it was — or 30,000 feet. It would’ve looked the same either way.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

PS — I’m getting disentangled from other activities and I shall return to regular blogging and to reading blogs soon.

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 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. Hi Michael,

    Conflicted about this image. I like the differentiation of the sea of cloud vs. the sea thru the horizon line (undulated). Your “sea” horizon lines are powerful because of the details you create in the water. In this image, you lost me on the “puffiness” of the clouds. Would like to see the same subtleties that you create in the sea.

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  2. Generally I’d expect to see some indication of the perspective but the fog there was obviously so vast that I can’t tell where you might have been standing. As you say, elevated or at sea level can’t be discerned. There is much subtlety here.
    Looking forward to the results of your project…and your return to more regular blog activity.

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    • Thanks very much. The altitude ambiguity is something that I’ve noticed looking at the tops of the fog decks for a long time. I’m looking forward to being a regular blogger again. But I will be posting more frequently. I’ll be posting pictures that are not part of the project for a while.


  3. I’m not accustomed to thinking of fog as a deck. At some point people must not have been used to conceiving a pack of playing cards as a deck, either. Your photograph is only minimally decked out in details.

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  4. The extreme, pale minimalism here seems to play tricks with my eyes, which happens in bright fog, too. I think I see a hint of magenta on the left and cooler tones on the right but who knows? It’s all very shifty. 😉

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