Forward — Into the Past!

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


July 13, 2018 — San Mateo County Coast; February 24, 2021 — My Office

In exploring the essence of the essence, I reimagined a few old favorites. This was shot in the late afternoon/early evening as sunrays found their way through low clouds/high fog on the coast. The subject, really, is contrast, texture, and glow. The philosophy is adding by taking away. What isn’t the picture? Remove it or reduce it. Distill.

(Canon G7X. RAW processing redone in DxO PhotoLab 4.3; 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. Interesting image. Feels that you have too many sun spots and the one closer to the horizon is too sharp. I just want to jump from one spot to another … without having to make a decision. Lead the path for me 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, Oliver. Take a look at Shoreacres take on this which is the impression I was trying to give. Interestingly, I did consider removing some of the peripheral spots, but in the end I preferred the random pattern that nature gave me.


  2. It’s nice to see you back. The sunspots remind me of footprints in the sand. The most recent always are the sharpest; here, it’s as though darkness is washing away the light as the ‘lightprints’ move toward the horizon.

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  3. For educational purposes, a comparison with the original would make it easier to understand your notion of adding by taking away—though you probably wouldn’t want to reveal the tricks behind your magic.

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  4. Distillation! The good “dis”. Those sunspots reminded me of the lit spots Jimmy Durante used to step into at the end of his TV program. I’m a little older than you so maybe that is before your time. 🙂 I am not sure whether that is a positive comparison but it is what popped into my head. There is motion in this which adds to the pleasure of viewing. It seems an unusual phenomenon but I am not at the ocean on a cloudy day very often.

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    • Ink spots in reverse which makes me think of The Ink Spots which then causes my mind to drift to Inka Dinka Doo, and there’s Jimmy. My mind, and welcome to it. On a day like this the clouds are in constant motion and therefore the sun rays play on the water in an ever-changing pattern. It’s almost hypnotic to watch it. But not so hypnotic that I can’t snap the shutter. Wait 30 seconds and snap again… and another 30 seconds…. I was there for about an hour.

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