Author: Michael Scandling

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught

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

April 7, 1949 — The Majestic Theatre, New York Lt. Cable: “It’s not born in you. It happens after you’re born. You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear You’ve got to be taught from year to year It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made And people whose skin is […]

Texture and Tone. Again.

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

January 17, 2012 — Sonoma County Coast, California Returning with new eyes to a shot taken eight years ago. I’ve just competed a series of webinars by Bruce Percy. He describes himself as a black and white photographer working in color. His sensitivity to tonal balance is inspirational and very instructive. This shot is pretty much the same as the way I left it the last time I worked on it almost three years ago, […]

Chewy — What’s in a Name?

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California / Photo Log / Photography

May 28, 2016. Silicon Valley, California (Photo May 30, 2015, Sonoma County Coast.) While thinking about what to say in a notice to family and friends, I recalled something that I’d read or heard that the number of nicknames one has for someone is a mark of the degree of affection that one has for them. That got me and the Muse to thinking… Here’s what we recalled, in no particular order: Chewy, Chew, Chewbacca, […]

Chewy — Movin’ On

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography

Northern California Chewy’s last year was testament to the way life works and to the fact that it eventually comes full circle. No one is exempt. He had various maladies and he had great vets. One thing that really cramped his style was arthritis. Someone told us about a holistic vet in Los Gatos who did acupuncture treatments. Our attitude was, “it can’t hoit” so on January 16, 2016, we took him. As it happened, […]

Chewy — World Traveler

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Positivity

All over the world Every year, our friends and family waited with bated breath for our Christmas card. Every year we presented a photo of far-flung locales with the Muse and I and the boy. Sometimes the scenes happened almost as shown. We began the tradition in 2007 on the Sonoma County Coast. I told a business associate that we had to rent a helicopter to get the tree onto the rock. She believed it. […]

As I Saw it Thirty Seconds Later — For Three Seconds

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Abstract / Impressionism / Inspiration / New Zealand / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

June 28, 1018 — Cape Saunders, Otago Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand Just a half a minute later, three seconds of intentional camera movement. (Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.) For more Abstract Horizons, go to www.amagaphoto.com

Kind of Like it Was

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Impressionism / New Zealand / Photo Log / Photography / Sunset

June 28, 1018 — Cape Saunders, Otago Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand If you go due south from this spot, you’ll come to Antarctica. If you go due east, you’ll hit South America. Either way, it’s chilly. It wasn’t all that warm right where we were on this winter afternoon, either. This is sort of how it looked. Kind of. (Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; […]

Just in Time

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California / Flower / Hummingbirds / Photo Log / Photography

May 14, 2020 — The Back Yard, Silicon Valley, California Every April/May I engage in the Hummingbird Ritual. It’s a simple ritual, mostly involving standing around with a heavy camera/lens combo waiting for hummingbirds to feed on echium blooms. This requires four ingredients: Me, Heavy camera/lens, Purple echium blooms, and a Hummingbird. Thing is, despite shelter-in-place, my schedule has been less than accommodating, which has effectively removed the “me” ingredient for several weeks. When I […]