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Exhibit & Opening Reception at IFAC

The Irvine Fine Arts Center, where I hold my Landscape Photography Class, is celebrating their 30 year anniversary with an art exhibit featuring artwork from their instructors. I'm happy to announce I will be participating in this exhibit with a limited edition piece titled "Tide Pool and Clearing Storm."

My exhibit piece is a 20x30 metallic print, mounted and laminated, surrounded by a custom-made black linen liner and a gorgeous wood scoop frame. I made the frame and assembled the piece myself and, if I may be so bold, I must say it is stunning. The piece is quite large and it consists of an entirely new presentation method for me. The print isn't hiding behind glass like your typical framed photograph. In fact, there is no glass whatsoever in this piece. There is nothing standing between you and the print but a high-gloss laminate to protect the artwork. But what does this mean exactly? Better light transmission to and off the print for a brighter, better view of the image. The print is wrapped with a black liner and rich, dark wood frame to further highlight the piece.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 14th from 5:00-8:00pm, then the exhibit will continue through September 25th. I will be at the opening reception (not sure yet exactly what time) and I would love to see you there! If we've never met before, then I'd love to make your acquaintance. If you're a previous client of mine, then I'd love to see you again! Click here for a map to the Irvine Fine Arts Center

Tip of the Cap to Kim Murphy

I wanted to give a little tip of the cap to my long-time and current student Kim Murphy! She recently entered a piece to the Orange County Fair photography contest and received a ribbon for second place! This is really a huge achievement as this is no small contest! The competition is steep and many. So Congratulations, Kim, for an excellent piece and for having the guts to get it out there - and win!

Kim has come such a long way since I first started with her. Her work has progressed immensely and her knowledge of photography is now far above average. When I first started with Kim, she was, let's say, a little bit intimidated by her camera and the concepts of shutter speed, aperture and ISO (I hope I'm not speaking out of line here, Kim!). But now she handles equipment like a pro, her work is leaps and bounds above the vast majority of landscape shooters out there and she's loving every minute of it!

Kim, I am so proud of you and I can't begin to communicate how impressed I am with your progress! Keep up the excellent work!

Surprise Sunset at Crystal Cove

I went out to Crystal Cove on July 1st with a very talented student of mine for a lesson. The weather was overcast thanks to the typical marine layer we get here in June-July. I wasn't going to hold my breath for a great sunset, but then I saw a little break in the clouds above us. That break grew larger until the marine layer burned off to a perfect balance of clouds and sky, resulting in some seriously awesome colors as the sun dropped.

For this first picture (which was taken later in my set), I wanted to highlight the reflections of these beautiful clouds in the wet sand. My intention was simplicity - make the picture all about the clouds and water without any rocks to distract.

I'm a little bit obsessed with wet sand reflections. I try to capture them just about every time I go to the beach for a shoot.

These next pictures are from earlier in the evening. Both are the same composition, but I felt the different wave patterns created such vastly different emotional responses in each that it was worth sharing both.

I felt this first one communicated the power and movement of the waves. Looking at it, you can almost hear the roar of the water as it comes crashing towards you. Gives a feeling of chaos and excitement.

This next one, however, is much calmer. Although the waves are choppy, the lack of whitewater and more prominent reflections creates a more serene feeling for the viewer . Also, the lack of ground in this picture makes it seem like you are further out in the water - as if you are looking at this scene while floating calmly on a boat. Personally, this one is my favorite. I like the emotional response it elicits in me.

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