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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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…and to all a good night

Enjoy the full Monterey Harbor Holiday Lighted Boat Parade here…

Sightseeing in San Juan Bautista, California

A lovely day-trip destination, San Juan Bautista delights with a blend of history, culture, small-town charm, and delicious culinary adventures.  After thoroughly exploring the mission, being sure to peek around corners into less-explored rooms and taking the time to absorb the architectural and historical details, stroll down to the adjacent and very walkable main street where classic old-town Californian architecture and the mom-and-pop local businesses provide a low-key backdrop to an aimless afternoon.  Wandering from shop to shop, be sure to pause for a signature apricot margarita in a beautiful garden patio setting.  Or for a dining experience that the locals would probably rather keep secret, leave the main avenues and go a block further from the mission, for some unassumingly wholesome and satisfying family-style basque cuisine.

The avenues were quiet on this mid-winter day, and as the gardens of the mission come into bloom, the warmth of this inviting town will draw more spring and summer crowds, including motorcyclists enjoying a ride through the pastoral countryside, and families seeking a sunny and simple getaway.  From Monterey, Santa Cruz, or the greater San Francisco bay area, San Juan Bautista can be an easy weekend adventure, and beyond the attractions in town, there are extensive hiking trails and geological sites of interest providing even more accessible and active experiences.  I am looking forward to returning later in the year, to further explore the charms of this classic California town.

To see these images in full-resolution and to view the complete gallery of photographs from my exploration of San Juan Bautista, check out my California Travel Photography archives.

Happy Holidays from Monterey Bay, California

One of many local holiday traditions, the Lighted Boat Parade brightens up the Monterey Bay from the harbor to Cannery Row, offering a colorful celebration of the season’s cheer.  Families with small children and longtime community residents enjoy the camaraderie as they line the piers and beaches to view the parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights, while music plays and sailors shout holiday greetings to shore.  See the full gallery of the 2014 Monterey Lighted Boat Parade here!

Harbor seal mothers and their playful pups

On the sheltered beaches of Monterey, Carmel, and Point Lobos, one can catch a lovely glimpse into the lives of harbor seals.  This time of year, the cute harbor seal pups are beginning to explore their watery homes, and their mothers keep a watchful eye as they swim through the swaying kelp forests and quiet coves.  Some of the pups are particularly plump and round, and as they get brave enough to swim away from their mothers, there are moments of playful freedom in the surf.  Once a pup realizes that they can no longer see their mother however, they will cry, short sad little calls that bring their mothers quickly to their side.  The pups only have 3 to 4 weeks before they will be weaned, and witnessing this precious time that they have with their mothers is quite a special sight.

See more harbor seal interactions and behavior in the APK Photography Harbor Seal gallery.

Curtains: newly released abstract photography prints

curtains, rain and passing landscapeFrom recent travels in California, this short series of abstract rain and landscape photographs was shot from a moving train.  I’ve released them as fine art photography prints, offering a quiet and moody visual experience.  As light is captured and scattered by each water-drop caught on the window, the lush green and warm earth tones of an agricultural landscape softly fill the background, occasionally interrupted by the gray concrete and distinct lines of urban infrastructure.  Travel, and particularly train travel, can be a very contemplative undertaking, and I created these images while thinking about the recent challenges of a very transitional time in my life.  It is my hope that these photographs may speak to others as well, and offer an opportunity to reflect on life in it’s abstract, fleeting beauty.

Find the full set of “curtains 1-5” in my archives, with new fine art abstract photography print galleries to be added soon.

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!