All posts tagged: Michael Scandling Seascape

A Mutable Squall

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

March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California Every pixel was spoken to softly and coaxed and cajoled into a new life because, you see, many of my influences lived a couple of centuries ago. They didn’t have pixels. They had pigments. And that’s what they did with pigments in those days. Tech note: This was all done with varying degrees of microcontrast (Lightroom calls it Clarity) in DxO PhotoLab and then put into […]

Iceland Waves Bye Bye

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Iceland / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Positivity / Seascapes

January 26, 2020 — Reynisfjara (Black Sand) Beach, Iceland We’ve been home since the second of February. There has been enough time to sift through the bounty and select the best and you’ve seen quite a bit. It’s very possible that more will pop up after they’ve had a chance to marinate on the archive drive for a while. We shall see. One thing is certain: we will go back. One more thing: Iceland has […]

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

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Iceland / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 28, 2020 — Diamond Beach, South Coast, Iceland About a half a mile from where the photo in the last post was taken, the lagoon empties into the North Atlantic. Miniature bergy-bits flow out and then are washed back ashore by the tide and the surf. There they sit, shining on the beach awaiting their inevitable trip back into the sea. They look like diamonds. This one seems to be sniffing the air, contemplating […]

Sentinel

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Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes / Sunrise

January 26, 2020 — Reynisfjara (Black Sand) Beach, Iceland It was a dark and stormy morning. The wind-whipped weather was a fierce opponent. The barely risen sun cowered behind the clouds. Photographer and camera were covered in sleet and snow. This emerged from the mist. From this angle, most photographs of this scene appear to show two sea stacks. Actually, in those shots the one on the left (the one you see here) appears to […]

Londrangar View Point, Take Two: True Colors*

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Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 24, 2020 — Londrangar View Point, Snaefellsjökull Peninsula, Iceland Taken a few minutes earlier than the one in the post before last, this shows the unaltered colors that the camera recorded. I had previously thought the color was a distortion of reality and blamed it on a brand of filter I’d never used before, but no — the water really is that color.* The next post will move us forward. (Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm […]

Down to the Sea in Shots

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California / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 1, 2020 — Sonoma County coast The clouds parted. The sky drama left us. But the sea drama came to take its place. Weather alerts. High surf warnings. Rip currents. Watch out for sneaker waves. I saw a complete idiot take his cocker spaniel onto the beach, only to run back seconds later. He was bucking for a Darwin Award. I found a low, but safe, vantage point. Hundreds of frames were shot. This […]

The Solitary Search, With an Object Lesson

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

November 27, 2019 — San Mateo County Coast It was a dark and stormy day; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the bluffs (for it is on the San Mateo County coast that our scene lies), attempting to remove his hat, but barely agitating the stubborn photographer who hand-held against all odds… Days later, through one of the […]

Curtain Call

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California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography

November 27, 2019 — San Mateo County Coast The storm was on its way out, heading east to make headlines. This was its last hurrah; clear sky was visible through the last squall. I’ve mentioned that many (most?) of my influences worked in paint, not pixels. Chief among them is JMW Turner. To me, his later work changed the world of art definitively — to me, he is the father of Impressionism. Toward the end […]

Thankful Thursday

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

May 8, 2015. Devil’s Slide, near Pacifica, California / November 27, 2019. Silicon Valley. Devil’s Slide revisited. Again. I sat at the computer today, looking forward by looking back. The image whispered, “noir” and I went under its spell. I’d have been a fool not to. A strange image for Thanksgiving, but it it’s from a favorite shoot — for which I am thankful. And I am thankful to all who visit, follow, read, view, […]

Palate Cleanser

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography

May 8, 2015. Devil’s Slide, near Pacifica, California. For Chewy’s Birthday walk, we settled on two places: Land’s End in San Francisco and Devil’s slide. Chewy always loved the sea breeze. Highway 1 had years prior been routed through a tunnel at Devil’s Slide (that portion having lived up to its name far too often), leaving the old Highway 1 free to be used as a park with long stretches for Chewy to run and […]