"I am more concerned with portraying an interpretation rather than a literal representation of what I see before me." - Valda Bailey

I recently participated in a BaileyChinnery workshop in Tuscany, Italy. We created unique art using several multiple exposures and blend modes done in camera in real time. It’s complicated. Only a few cameras, specifically some Canon and Nikon, have these features. More importantly, the result can be unique semi-abstract expressionistic art that can be created in camera. I strive to create art that expresses the light, textures, colors and movement in the world around us, rather than simply an often-photographed pretty or iconic scene. More art in this style can be seen at New Work. Enjoy the slide show!

Accommodations were at the Villa Mangiacani (not to make you feel bad).

"The negative is the score, and the print is the performance." - Ansel Adams

My modern paraphrase of Ansel’s quote is “the digital file is the score, and the print is the performance.”

I have been very active on social media the past year, especially on Instagram and on my Facebook business page. My posts have been seen by many viewers and have generated positive responses. However, to truly appreciate artwork one should really view it in person. Electronic media just does not do the art justice.

There are so many unique ways to print and display art these days, in addition to a multitude of photographic papers such as glossy, luster, matte, metallic and more. Artwork can also be printed on canvas, metal, and acrylic with various finishes as in the paper versions. I won’t even get into the zillion ways that artwork can be framed.

Electronic media is so transient. In contrast, artwork displayed on walls in your home or office will continue to enhance your life on a daily basis.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to contact me. Contact information listed below. Thanks!

“Dreamin’” 24”x36”- available on dye infused aluminum and canvas wrap

“Dreamin’” 24”x36”- available on dye infused aluminum and canvas wrap


Whales Everywhere!

If you live anywhere near Santa Cruz, and especially the Aptos Beach area, you know that the humpback whales have been stealing the show lately. They have been feeding off anchovies and can grow up to 40-60 feet long and weigh as much as 44 tons. I have seen them as little as 150 feet just offshore outside the shore break. Since I live within a couple of minutes of Aptos Beach I have had many opportunities to observe and photograph them.

One of their feeding behaviors is to come up beneath a school of anchovies, mouth wide open, and lunge to the surface scooping up the prey. You can see in the images the anchovies spilling from the whale's mouth. Another behavior is called "bubblenet" feeding. Several whales circle the anchovies and corral them by blowing bubbles forcing the food into a tighter ball. Then you may see two or more whales lunging through the bait ball. A couple of my images have captured that behavior.

I don't consider myself a wildlife photographer. However as a professional I believe I should be able to handle almost any scene photographically. If I were on a boat I probably could have gotten closer shots. Certainly there are some awesome images made by local photographers. However, viewing them from so close to the shore (practically from my own backyard) was a special experience.

Now for the technical information. A Fuji XT2 camera with a 100-400 zoom lens with image stabilization was used to make these images. Always be looking in the viewfinder anticipating where the next appearance may occur. Follow the birds - especially the ones near the last lunging whale. See if you can get the shutter speed up to 1/1000 sec. or more, adjusting the aperture and iso sensitivity as necessary. Set the motor drive (frames per second) to as fast as it will go. My XT2 can shoot 8 frames per second. And if you are using an iPhone - well,  good luck!



Home Sweet Home

If you are lucky enough to live at the beach, your are lucky enough. For more than 25 years, Seacliff Beach has been my backyard. Granted, I just have an "ocean peak" from the upper deck in my home. But it is only a short stroll to the white sand of what is arguably the best beach in Santa Cruz County. My neighbors, vacationers, and day trippers would likely agree. One would think after all those years there would be no more images to capture, yet almost every day I find something interesting to photograph.

Below are a few recent images...

The complete gallery can be seen in the Seacliff Beach Gallery page

Arches National Park

I love the national and state parks of southwest Utah! I have photographed in Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reefs, Zion, Bryce, Dead Horse Point, Escalantes National Monument, and surrounding areas. However Arches is my favorite park to do landscape photography. It is conveniently located 20 minutes from Moab (translated - I don't have to get up as early as other locations). There are also lots of good restaurants and places to stay in Moab.The downside is that it can get quite crowed, but when I am out shooting at dawn and sunset I escape the crowds.

Please enjoy my top pics from Arches and surrounding areas from last month.



Chinese New Years Flower Festival

The weekend before last was the Chinese New Year Flower Fair in San Francisco's Chinatown. It takes place the weekend before the lunar new year holiday. There are lots of traditional Chinese cultural happenings during the fair. I try to make it there every year to photograph the event. It's all about street photography and events like this one make it easy because you can disappear into the crowd to take pictures and hardly anyone will notice. Not to mention there are plenty of other photographers going unnoticed. I guess I am nobody special!

Enjoy my brief slideshow of a few of my favorite images from the event! Feel free to click on the icons in the upper right corner to post this to your favorite social media sites. You can also comment below.

Waltzing Willets

As often happens, I set out with a photographic goal in mind only to come upon something else more compelling to photograph. Some people might call this serendipity. Webster defines this as “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.” Such was the case the other day when I ventured down to Seacliff State Park beach. My purpose was to photograph the huge 17-20 foot storm waves - which I did accomplish (shown in the slide show below). However, a flock of Willets feeding in the evening light diverted my attention from the waves. I have been doing a lot of intentionally blurred images (ICM) lately, but these images were unintentionally blurred. I usually shoot in aperture priority so the camera decided I needed 1/20s for a proper exposure as I tracked their movement (called panning in photographic terms). Lucky for me, it was the right shutter speed to blur the birds to create these artistic images. The first one is my favorite and it's called “Waltzing Willets.”

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Local Fall Colors

They say (whoever they are) we don't have much in the way of fall colors around here in Santa Cruz County. OK, it's not like October in Vermont, but we do have some nice displays of color. One of my favorite places is the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos- less than 2 miles from my house. In the past couple weeks there has been a showering display of mostly yellow Maples. Although they are bit past peak, there is still time to check them out. It's a great place for a hike or bike ride. Enjoy the slide show! Comments are welcome.


Bring it on....rain that is! Here on the Monterey Bay we are glad to see some significant rain last Monday. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of our three year drought - if El Niño does it's thing. I grabbed my umbrella and camera and huddled in the rain to take most of these images. It's the start of a new project called - you'll never guess - Rain.

Hope you enjoy these images. More will added as the winter progresses. Feel free to add your comments below.

Tools of A Master painter - Ursula O'Farrell

I always love visiting Ursula in her studio as I did this past weekend during the Santa Cruz Open Studios Tour. She is a master at figurative abstracts and her palate of colors is exquisite. She has had a long and successful history of displaying and selling her work at galleries across the country. Please visit Ursula's website to learn more about her and view some of her great artwork.

In the series of images below (except for Ursula's picture) I focused on her "tools of the trade." They make interesting vignettes.

In his workshops, Jay Maisel, suggests it is best to study the works of great painters to learn and get inspiration - more so than other great photographers. After all, painters have been around for centuries, whereas photographers have been around for a little over 100 years!

I am inspired to learn more about the use of color in my artwork from artists such as Ursula.

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Sausalito Art Festival


The Sausalito Art Festival is one of the biggest art festivals in the country. The show was Saturday to Monday over the Labor Day weekend. I was not an exhibitor but I drove up to enjoy the show and saw a lot of great art. It is a juried show and difficult to get into. If you do get accepted to it, booth fees range from $1000 to over $3000 depending on the size of your booth! There is also lots of great live music.


Although I did not win any awards several of my image were accepted into the Iconic American Transportation show at the festival. Posters of the images were available for sale at festival. The images are shown below.

Maybe a little snow will cool our weather down a bit.