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meet the muse: Fort Point, San Francisco

The personally creative side of my photography goes through variations of inspiration and focus.  Sometimes I have the time and energy to create extensive, comprehensive bodies of work, and sometimes my muses emerge over long periods of study, often with many returns to the same subject over many, many years.

My love of Fort Point, San Francisco, began as a child with an old manual SLR camera and countless rolls of black and white film.  It was a place my family would frequently stop to visit on our way into or out of ‘the City’ when visiting with friends or playing tour guide to visitors from out-of-state.  These two shots are from one of those early rolls of film, scanned ages ago when the at-home scanning technology was still rather limiting.

We likely visited Fort Point so often due to my father’s photography hobby, which I suspect led him to love the place then as much as I do now; with an overwhelming array of juxtapositions, angles, textures, layers of light and shadow, the intersection of Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge is a photographer’s paradise.

Now, I’m the one pitching it to visiting friends who want to spend a day in San Francisco, and it’s likely that for many years I’ve always managed to end the day at this historic spot, camera in-hand, without really thinking about my ulterior motives.  Fort Point has emerged as one of my most beloved muses and I never tire of hunting out the details and architectural compositions that I find so interesting there.

Explore more of Fort Point, San Francisco in my archives.  Fine Art prints and Editorial licensing options are available; please note that due to the range of resolutions and cameras used over the years, some photographs will be available in larger sizes than others.

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if you only knew…

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I have long loved seeing familiar landscapes from unfamiliar perspectives, and an aerial view of the earth always invites the eye to pause and take in the details. Sometimes the effect is as if a map has come alive, and our minds seek to become oriented within the relationships of geographic features and man-made structures.

For me, the most captivating details are the ways in which the effects of time are made visible on the landscape, and to really see the larger features and their accompanying textural details, one must take to the air. This image is one of many in an ongoing series of fine art aerial landscape photographs, ‘time will tell‘, in which I am exploring the nuances of the North American landscape and the subtle stories it may have to share.

Pastures of Heaven

Pastures of Heaven

After the bare requisites of living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. He leaves his proof on wood, on stone, or on the lives of other people. This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy who scribbles on a wall to the Buddha who etches his image in the race mind. Life is so unreal. I think that we seriously doubt that we exist and go about trying to prove that we do.  – John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968), The Pastures of Heaven

Enjoyed a beautiful hike in the neighborhood recently, and the hills are starting to show a touch of green.  It was a difficult and dry winter, and with these signs of growth, I will be eagerly awaiting the first bloom of wildflowers.  I often joke that I live inside a postcard, and whether one is taking in the surging waves of our magnificent coastline, or the evocative interior landscape of hills and valleys, Monterey County is a wonderful bit of paradise.  Find more Monterey photography in the APK Photography archives!

Salinas Valley, winter into spring

“February in Salinas is likely to be damp and cold and full of miseries. The heaviest rains fall then, and if the river is going to rise, it rises then.” – John Steinbeck, from ‘East of Eden’

This past February did not bring much rain, and the Salinas River has barely risen from it’s meandering, often subterranean channel. However, as the season settles into March and the inevitable fresh growth of spring emerges, the bare fields are taking on new life.

The transition from dark fields heavy with damp and fertile soil combed into meticulous rows to brightly-banded horizons of fresh green and early flowers is a welcome sign that despite the crippling California drought, for now, things will continue as we tend to think they should.

Find more dramatic Salinas Valley landscapes, and California landscape fine art prints in my APK Photography archives.

2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Roaring engines, rare hand-polished chrome curves, and an enduring love of engineering and racing are all on display at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The paddock and racetrack at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca become an open-air museum, where the vintage cars on display are also put through their paces on the track. Seeing classic automobiles jostle for position as they speed down the notorious corkscrew set of turns is a thrill that audiences of all ages enjoy. I personally find some of the details of these hand-built classic cars particularly interesting, as they represent eras of creativity and innovation that are the foundation for the familiar modern designs of today. This event is just one of many held in Monterey California this time of year, featuring fine automotive design that can be enjoyed both up-close in full detail and as a moving show of motorsports history. See the full set of 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion photographs here!

Adrift in a jellyfish exhibit

Had the pleasure of an after-hours visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium last week, to see the new jellyfish exhibit. The previous jellyfish exhibit that closed a few years ago was a favorite haunt for photographing interesting movement and low-light compositions, and the new exhibit offers many opportunities to observe and photograph these beautifully surreal creatures.

Surrounded by moon jellyfish

This room in particular offers some exciting photographic challenges, as the cylindrical tanks are arranged in a room of mirrors, with tantalizing glimpses of infinity and interesting arrangements of light and shadow. Can you spot the photographer? It can be tricky to get out of the shot here!

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These bright blue and white polka-dotted jellyfish are some of my favorites, with their intricate structures and vivid colors. To see more of these and other jellyfish, check out my library of ocean photographs at www.apkphotography.com!

Still Life: Tulips in Blue Vase

Fresh and delicate signs of spring, captured in the tradition of still life imagery. Fading flowers in a second-hand blue vase, shot in the diffuse light of my kitchen window, these soft white and pink spring tulips become an elegant reminder to pause and enjoy the simpler moments in our busy lives.