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Sean Arbabi
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Attended Brooks Institute of Photography
Lives in Danville, California
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The cool breeze off the Bay rollin' over to the inland hills are indications of summer ending soon. The baking hot days with no AC in my car aren't the most enjoyable, but the long days and late sunsets I love. I always think about it when summer comes to an end and look forward to spring when the days lengthen instead of shorten.

Moonrise over Mt Diablo, © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide)
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Our last scene from my workshop last Saturday, creating our fun "Farmer'sOnly.com" shoot. :)

USA: California: Tehama County: Red Bluff: A cowboy rests on bales of hay inside a barn at a working farm - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #tamron #tamronlenses #nikon #nikond800e #redbluff #tehamacounty #redbluffca #cowboy #ranchlife
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iPhone panorama of Tehama County Photo Club's reception last Friday for Images from A Glass Eye International Photography Show (I judged a month ago, and completed the process while viewing the final printed images this past weekend). A great group of folks, wonderful images, and congrats to all who made the final selection! 
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The agony and the ecstasy. :)

USA: California: San Diego County: Carlsbad: Legoland California Resort: Park visitor's faces show joy and terror as they ride over the big drop of the Lego Technic Coaster - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #carlsbad #sandiegocounty #nikond800e #nikon #gitzo #legoland #rollercoaster #themepark #legolandcaliforniaresort #tamron #tamronlenses
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+Michael Farnbach exactly! One freaked out in the front, one in the back. :)
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My Huntington Beach sunset image (captured with my Tamron 150-600mm lens- love that lens) went a bit viral with 9,300 views on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arbabi/28190187872/ ‪#‎tamron‬ ‪#‎huntingtonbeach‬ ‪#‎surfcityusa‬ ‪#‎nikon‬ ‪#‎gitzo‬ ‪#‎tamronlenses‬ ‪#‎socal‬ ‪#‎beachlife‬ ‪#‎oc‬ ‪#‎orangecounty‬
Always an exciting time with the sun is setting, the scene is changing fast whether through light, exposure or composition, and playing with a mix of subject matter looking for that moment. LOVE THAT FEELING. Here on assignment in Orange County for Visit California. USA: California: Orange County: Huntington Beach (“Surf City USA”): The sun sets over the beach and Pacific Ocean as visitors, vacationers, and locals walk along the 1,850 foot Hun...
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One of my favorite iPhone shots from the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California.

The GRAVITON! More like the vomiter. :)

© Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) ‪#‎gravitron‬ ‪#‎alamedacountyfair‬ ‪#‎iphone‬ ‪#‎snapseed‬ ‪#‎mextures‬
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Within a few months of graduating college in 1991, I got an opportunity to shoot 3 days a week at a gift product company, allowing me to make enough money to spend the other 4 days building my commercial photography business.

John Grossman was the owner of that company, a sweet and kind man, a talented painter himself who owned a large collection of victorian ephemera he used to start a company creating gift wrap, boxes, bags, and cards. Although I deeply appreciated the job and did my best to produce the highest quality work, I knew it was a stepping stone to help jumpstart my career. As an artist, John understood this too, always kind to give me time off when another travel assignment came up, never making me feel bad as I slowly moved on 4-5 years later.

Last week John past away at the age of 84. In his bio his wife created, she added his portrait at the end and stated it was this photo he wanted to be remembered by; a portrait I created of him in front of his victorian ephemera collection roughly 23-24 years ago.

What a honor as a photographer.

Thank you John for being a big part of my dream. May you rest in peace ol' friend.
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With no specific plan of what we'd create last Saturday morning on my workshop, I showed our group how to come up with four distinct looks/ portraits of our cowboy model at sunrise (this one #3) using available light and a fill card, angles, backgrounds, lenses, and proper exposures. A little reverse rembrandt lighting here.

Btw, look at the amazing detail my Nikon D800E captured, yet even more so, my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8, handheld- pores in the skin, individual hairs and eye lashes, it couldn't be sharper).

USA: California: Tehama County: Red Bluff: Portrait of a cowboy at sunrise on a working ranch - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #tamron #tamronlenses #cowboy #nikon #photoworkshops #photoworkshop #redbluff #tehamacountyphotoclub #portrait #tamronzoomlens
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A couple more images from our sunrise workshop shoot at Growney Ranch in Red Bluff CA

USA: California: Tehama County: Red Bluff: Cowboy with a herd of cattle at sunrise - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #cowboy #nikon #gitzo #sunrise #redbluffca #tamron #tamronlenses
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A sunrise image with our cowboy model at this past weekend's "Creating Epic Outdoor and Travel Images Start to Finish" workshop in Red Bluff CA (with the Tehama County Photo Club). Great weekend judging a contest and going to the reception, then leading my workshop, surrounded by wonderful folks in a great part of Northern California.

USA: California: Tehama County: Red Bluff: Cowboy silhouetted at sunrise - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #cowboy #nikon #gitzo #sunrise #redbluffca #tamron #tamronlenses
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My Redding, Red Bluff, Shasta County, Tehama County peeps, if you are in the area next Friday and Saturday, join us (Friday) at the Tehama County Visitor Center for the Glass Eye Photo Contest gallery show, and sign up for my Saturday August 20th photo workshop!

I'm a cheap date (and workshop instructor) at $75 per person (group discounts available) for a sunrise 6am to 2pm "Creative Epic Outdoor and Travel Images Start to Finish" workshop!

http://www.meetup.com/sanfrancisco-bayarea-photography-workshops-tours/events/232931811/
Creating Epic Outdoor and Travel Images Start to Finish with Commercial Travel Photographer Sean Arbabi FEE: $75 per person DATE: Saturday August 20th, 2016 TIME: 6am to 2pm LOCATION: Tehama Country Visitor Center, 250 Antelope Boulevard, Red Bluff, CA 96080 • [masked] DESCRIPTION: If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to produce compelling outdoor and travel images, from capture to process, join us for a fun day in Tehama County! Team up with...
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A local photography club was kind enough to include an ad for my business in their upcoming publication, so we created this one and thought it turned out pretty nicely.
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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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Sean has been a commercial travel photographer and author for over 25 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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  • Brooks Institute of Photography
    Commercial Photography, 1988 - 1991
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