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Sean Arbabi
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Attended Brooks Institute of Photography
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Researching and converting some images for a new Photoshop User article. One of my big goals in outdoor photography, especially when in well-known, well-photographed locations, is to capture scenes from angles rarely seen, in the hopes to produce a unique image.  Most visitors in Yosemite National Park never see this view of Half Dome.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Unique sunset views of the granite monolith of Half Dome (8840 ft / 2694 m) as seen from Tenaya Canyon near Tenaya Creek, just above Pywiack Cascade (and HDR combinging four separate exposures) - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com - all rights reserved worldwide #halfdome #yosemite #california #blackandwhite #silverefexpro #thenikcollection #nikond800e #hdr #highdynamicrange #tenayacanyon #mariposacounty
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Combining black and white photography with HDR has been wonderful, showcasing this amazing technique to display a full tonal range during dramatic high contrast lighting situations, here merging seven images at sunset on Lower Grant Lake.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Lower Grant Lake (9250 feet): The sun sets between a group of pines as the southwestern edge of the alpine lake reflects in its frigid waters, surrounded by granite boulders, fallen trees, and a subalpine forest - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) ‪#‎yosemite‬ ‪#‎sierranevada‬ ‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎blackandwhite‬ ‪#‎gitzo‬ ‪#‎nikond800e‬ ‪#‎lowergrantlake‬ ‪#‎mariposacounty‬ ‪#‎hdr‬ ‪#‎highdynamicrange‬
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I disagree about AA not inventing the technique (not what every book i got says) but i agree on all the rest, very specially in what i call "magical formulaes". But it is not the peole's fault, it is the camera's makers fault, they've been adding "magical" buttons for the past 20 years, now some of the cheap cameras even has a timeapse mode!! (thank's makers for doing your best effort to ruin one of the few sources of income we have)

Last week i had a sad experience, i had to fire a student, first time in my life!!!!! But thing is, all she wanted was to have a kind of "list" of magical solutions to get great pictures on any circumstance, had zero interest in actually learning photography, adviced her to sell her DSLR, purchase a compact/bridge camera and be on her way, nothign else i could do for her.

As this one was my first case like this i am sure there are many many more today, and that's what is making our trade loose its value for so many people, because most now thinks that everything is about pushing a button and nothing else
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The end of a very well needed and deserved walk with Timber in the hot summer sun. #iphone6 #snapseed #mextures #pitbulllove (© Sean Arbabi | Arbabi Imagery - all rights reserved worldwide)
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:) nope. She's a great girl - Half black lab and a half pitbull we rescued from the shelter three years ago. She is the sweetest and everyone should own a pitbull because they are great dogs. All the hype about them being unpredictable completely wrong. It's how you train them. Timber rocks! :)
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A nice deal is goin' on through Peachpit Press for one of my Nik Collection videos, The Photographer's Guide to Color Efex Pro (& more!). The sale is from July 16th - July 20th, all featured videos are 50% off. Coupon Code, GIFT50. - Order Here, ow.ly/PIheT #Photography #Color #Efex pic.twitter.com/azQdg0I8Qy
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Here's a link to all my Nik Collection videos: http://www.peachpit.com/authors/bio/DFE89E3D-4CC3-4850-B33C-94EB133A4CF8
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Finding the wonderful details in nature, this frog creating a tiny wake as it swims in a high alpine lake...

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Along the shores of Polly Dome Lakes (8775 feet): A Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla - also known as the Pacific chorus frog) creates a tiny wake as it swims just under the lake surface, above submerged dead pines near the shores of the western-most high alpine lake (below the granite peak of Polly Dome) - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #pacifictreefrog #frog #celebratealllivingbeings +Yosemite Blog +Yosemite Nation 
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Another one of my favorite national parks. Glacier is awe-inspiring, rugged, and peaceful all at the same time.

USA: Montana: Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road: Vintage Tour bus, Red Jammer Bus, totes visitors along the steep scenic road near Logan Pass and the continental divide - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #montana #redjammerbus #glaciernationalpark #goingtothesun
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Even Timber was excited about what came in the mail today. My Learn-By-Videos I created with Peachpit Press (The Photographer's Guide to the entire Google Nik Collection in 3 videos - from HDR to B&W to Color/ Analog Efex Pro & more).

I walk you through each plugin covering each section, discussing photographic techniques, and general philosophy on lighting, contrast, exposure, final results, and more- check 'em out today!

http://www.peachpit.com/authors/bio/DFE89E3D-4CC3-4850-B33C-94EB133A4CF8

#photography #hdr #silverefexpro #hdrefexpro #thenikcollection #google #nikcollection #howtovideos #learnbyvideo #howtophotography #peachpit Peachpit​ #plugin #photoshop  - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) +Nik Collection by Google 
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Loved this morning amongst all the granite and weathered pines...

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: A Jeffrey pine (Black pine) conifer tree and glacial erratics in the early morning sun atop an unnamed granite dome (8664 ft) near Olmsted Point, overlooking Tenaya Canyon and Half Dome - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #nikond800e   #california   #sierranevada  
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Workin' on an magazine article on Black & White photography (something specific- more details to come).  What's one thing you'd like to learn about Black & White photography? #blackandwhitephotography  +black and white photography 
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Thanks +Marc Briggs I'll consider this!
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Transformed using Color Efex Pro- check out my Peachpit videos on how to do it yourself!

USA: California: San Luis Obispo County: San Miguel (north of Paso Robles): Mission San Miguel (founded in 1797): A statue of Jesus Christ among the garden trees - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide)

(the effect created using The Nik Collection's Color Efex Pro. A nice deal is goin' on through Peachpit Press for one of my Nik Collection videos, The Photographer's Guide to Color Efex Pro (& more!). The sale is from July 16th - July 20th, all featured videos are 50% off. Coupon Code, GIFT50. - Order Here, ow.ly/PIheT #Photography #Color #Efex pic.twitter.com/azQdg0I8Qy)
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Rolling out of a toasty sleeping bag at 5am is never an enjoyable experience, at least the first 15 minutes isn't.  But then when I'm able to watch the morning light cast on an amazing landscape, or find macro scenes of the freezing night like this, it makes it all worthwhile.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Valley: Frost, small ice crystals, formed during a winter night on Swinging Bridge - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #winter #frost #icecrystals #freeze
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    Commercial Photography, 1988 - 1991
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Commercial Travel Photographer, Author, Photo Expert, all around nice dude
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Sean has been a commercial travel photographer and author for over 23 years, specializing in adventure, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients.

He’s had freelance and contracted assignments with hundreds of publications and companies worldwide including Amazon, American ExpressBackpacker, California Division of Tourism, Endless Vacation, Fuji Film, GEO Germany, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, National Geographic's book, calendar, and online divisions as well as Adventure and TravelerThe New York Times, Nikon, The North Face, Outside, Random House, REI, Timex, The Travel Channel, VisitFlorida.com, and Woodbridge wines.

Sean has shot over 200 assignments for Sunset, over 150 for Via magazine, and writes many feature articles on photography for EngadgetLightroomOutdoor PhotographerPeterson's PhotographicPhotoshop User, Rangefinder, and Shutterbug. He has also authored two books which he photographed: The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (Jan 2009), and The Complete Guide to Nature Photography (Dec 2011) both for Amphoto/ Random House.  Sean lectures and teaches workshops, live (for Calumet, Camera West, Future Light, Point Reyes, TamronWorkshops On The Farm), and online at Perfect Picture School of Photography.

As the Photoguru, he has appeared on numerous television segments, radio and web shows including ABC San Francisco's The View from the Bay, CBS San Francisco's Bay Area Focus, ABC Radio Southeast, Scott Sheppard's Inside Digital Radio and Nik Radio, and Ibarionex Perello's The Candid Frame discussing various aspects of the photo industry.

A native Californian, he received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in ‘91, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he’s shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently working on a tv show on photography.

Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Iran, Mexico, the UK, Southeast Asia, and; South America.  He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed across mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of.  Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, base camp for all his travels.

Turn-ons: all-expense-paid vacations, free front row tickets to sporting events, dinners I don't have to prepare.

Turnoffs: dance floors covered with box jellyfish, chain-smoking monkeys, barbecuing next to a hungry lion.

All images © Sean Arbabi / seanarbabi.com - All rights reserved worldwide
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Published worldwide - hard work, persistence, & passion paid off; and maybe my warped sense of humor, kindness, & extreme attention to detail & organization.
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Photography, Writing, Photo Editing, Photoshop, Still Direction, Production, Workshop Instructor and Leader, Team Player
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    Commercial Travel Photographer and Author/ Photo Expert, 1991 - present
    Commercial photography and author shooting assignments for ad, corporate and editorial clients, writing how-to articles for all the major photo magazines, workshop leader and instructor, and fine art print sales
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