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

August 12, 2020 — Sonoma County Coast, California; Recently — My Office

Not to minimize the point, but minimalism brings me maximum enjoyment. If I can focus on the one thing that is the scene and reduce or completely banish the rest, it opens up a new world. The more I take away, the more there is to see. The first version was what I envisioned when I took the shot.

Then, as part of my immersion into black and white, I took another look at this image a few weeks ago. The other night I took yet another look. This time the color remained but almost everything else went away. I also broke a cardinal rule by going to almost pure white. The luminosity reading is 98 on a scale of 100 near the edges.

The evolution, early to late, is here for your perusal.




More to come.

(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 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. All I am saying is give the last picture a chance. The blue tint works for me, and the almost pure white is fine as long as you include a border the way you did; call it the thin blue line.

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  2. Beautifully rendered, Michael, and I know a lot of work goes into creating an image as clean and subtle as this one. The one problem with viewing a very minimal image like this online is that I feel that seeing it in person, as a print, would keep me more engaged. Well, one of these days when we get past this virus, you will have a show and maybe I will be there. 🙂

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  3. After looking at all three I thought I liked the color more but after comparing it to the first I think the small puff of brightness over the horizon (?) makes the the first image more to my liking.

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