Photography in Paradise

peeking from behind the sensor

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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ART IN TUNISIA

       Hilton Hotels in Tunisia Gave me a project to put up modern photography in their new modern hotel. It  is an interesting country with a great history. A small country squeezed between Algeria on the west and Libya on the east and a northern coast line on the...

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ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW

Every once in a while I stumble on something fun to photograph. Today was no exception, when I went to the post office and passed the Rancho Santa Fe Antique Auto Show being held on the lawn of the Rancho Santa Fe Inn. I applied full breaks and backed up to get a...

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BIG THURSDAY

The El Nino waves charged out of the north into the San Diego shoreline putting on a spectacular wave show. The weather was sunny and warm. It was too dangerous for many surfers and sea lions who sought shelter away from the action although some not so smart swimmers...

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DEATH VALLEY

   Mike Uriell and I left San Diego early Thursday am to go to Death Valley. Calculating it would take 6 hours to get there for sunrise at Bad Water. Discovered Hwy 15 was down to one lane from San Bernardino to Victorville. We lost about 45 minutes travel time. I cut...

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BIG WAVES FOR 2016

2016 has started with a big introduction of large waves here isn San Diego. Rain and surf dominate my latest efforts in image capture. I have been using the 50 mega pixel Canon 5DS, my older 7D and 6D. Today I was to meet with Dave King Mike Uriell and Al bruton and...

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BLACK FRIDAY RETREAT

Black Friday Retreat    I try to ignore the shopping frenzy as all costs. When Dave King, a good photographer pal, said he wanted to air out, a plan developed to head for the hills. We gathered up camera gear, put on some warm clothes and headed east to the Cuyamaca...

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