Photography in Paradise

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The Lightning Rod - Photography by Lee Peterson

MORNING STORM

I woke up to thunder and lightening this morning around 6am. Jumping out of bed I dressed quickly and grabbed the car keys and headed to Torrey Pines beach where

Ocean Beach Pier 4AM

4AM LOW TIDE ADVENTURE

For two mornings I awoke early to get the lowest tides of the month and photograph the Scripps Pier in La Jolla and the Ocean Beach Pier in Ocean Beach. The first trip to Scripps Pier my…

Salton Sea

QUICK TRIP TO SALTON SEA

I went to the Salton Sea this morning with Mike Uriell and Charlotte Cannor and the timing was great. Arrived just as the sun was coming up. It was cold, about 37 degrees but warmed up quickly to…

QUICK TRIP

This was a well-deserved trip after months from being pinned down with injuries. Mike Uriell and I dusted off our cameras and lenses, charged batteries, packed bags and jumped in my vehicle and headed out. We left late in the afternoon on Monday, July 2nd, and drove...

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ALMOST UW BIRTH

This turned out to be a great Father's Day in the pool. My assistant, Jana, called me and said she had a friend about to give birth to their second child and wanted underwater photos of her and it had to happen quickly. It was Sunday and she was scheduled to deliver...

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FUN UNDERWATER

While getting ready for the summer swimming pool photo shoots, Jana Craciunescu, trainer and costume designer, Wanted to test out her newest outfit. Her husband, Cosmin, Took the opportunity to jump in the water with his clothes on. I was the right color to match...

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READY FOR BIRTH

Chelsea Bartholow decided this is going to be her last child. With two daughters waiting for the newborn daughter/sister she decided to have the pre-birth photographed underwater. My assistant and partner in this project, Jana Craciunescu, did the make-up and prepared...

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UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY 2018

I am doing it again, the third year in the pool photographing models, children, and other stuff. It started in 2916 with soldiers like Hai Nguyen, learning how to photograph underwater, then a wedding photographer, Ciprian Pacurar, joined the team, an autistic...

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OneEyeland Winning images

I have been fortunate to have seven BxW images in the OneEyeland Black&White Photographers 2018 Photo Contest in categories covering Fashion, Abstract, Portrait, Landscapes and Fine Art. Three of them are Bronze winners and the rest are finalists. The OneEyeland...

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BEHIND THE STORM

March 4th, 2018. Just after the storm passed over the Sierra Nevada mountains Mike Uriell and I departed San Diego at 1 am in the rain to get to the Alabama Hills in Owens Valley and arrive for the sunrise and moonset over Mount Whitney. We arrived 20 minutes before...

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2018 WINTER WAVES

After a Summer and Fall with very small waves to no surf at all, a few winter storms have pushed into the central and southern coast of California. The low tides have been fun to explore the reefs but the lack of wave action has been very depressing. Last year, 2017,...

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SUMMER POOL PHOTOS

Jana Craciunescu with inverted splits Getting started with the swimming pool photography sessions got a late start this year. One of the photographers was working in Lake Tahoe until the end of the summer, I was very busy with other projects and the models were in...

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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America at Fort Rosecrans on Point Loma, San Diego, California December 17th 2016. Hai Nguyen and I went there today to honor those who we served with in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. So many people showed up it was standing room outside only, a least...

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LOW TIDE TORREY PINES

I dearly love this time of the year here in San Diego when the winter tides are exceptionally low in the afternoons and I can look forward to making some images I desire of the beach and the Torrey Pines yellow/orange stained soil bluff. On top of the bluff resides...

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ELECTION DAY WAVES

Everything went as planned. Avoiding the election day nonsense was easy. The surf was predicted to be big and I was eager to photograph it and not listen to the political drivel on the news, or for that mater, talk to anyone about the election results. The electoral...

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