Relic: Revived

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California / Horizon / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Point Reyes / Seascapes


December 8, 2014 — Point Reyes National Seashore, California

I came across this while verifying my archives a few weeks ago. I marked it to remind me to come back to it and come back to it I did. The original shot was fodder for what you see here: not what the camera saw, but what I saw.

I was quite happy with it when I worked on it last night — but this morning I decided it needed a bit more finessing. Moral: sleep on it.

It got a good reaction on Instagram — @amagaphoto if you’re interested — and now we’ll see what you think.

(Canon 7D, Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 4.1; 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.


    • Sometimes my archives get out of sync with my working drive and I go through and check for and correct discrepancies. While doing that, I am prone to the occasional stroll down memory lane. This particular image popped out and was always intended to be a starting point for what you see. I had just forgotten about it.


  1. Rich and velvety. The warm, painterly tones in the sky are lovely. Mostly I like the feeling of depth and texture. (I have to say that I have no interest in what anyone said on Instagram – but that’s not to take away from the work).

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    • Thank you very much. It’s exactly what I was aiming for. Regarding Instagram, I have a very very select group of people whom I follow and who follow me, all of whom are superb photographers. Interestingly, most live in the UK. Unlike most Instagram experiences, these people actually offer extremely articulate comments.

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      • I’m glad to hear that’s happening on Instagram…my experiences are from several years ago when I had the impression that it all went by way too fast for anyone to say anything worthwhile. But there’s always another side to the story. 🙂

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  2. Even though dark, this is beautiful! Very drawn to the irresistible sliver of bright light (as you’d expect). What’s surprising to me is that, in my view, you’ve achieved a very warm and hopeful image. I’m guessing this depends on a very fine balance between light and dark (and the shades in between for that matter). For me you’ve got this image just right!

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