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Sean Arbabi
Works at Arbabi Imagery
Attended Brooks Institute of Photography
Lives in Danville, California
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Rick L., who reviewed my Exposure book on Amazon, wrote: "I purchased this for a friend. I have 45 photography books, so that says something about this book."  

Some may think authors don't care about those who purchase their books or post reviews, but this made my day when I read it last summer:
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A great photojournalist, an amazing body of work, and a life well spent documenting people around the world. RIP Mary Ellen Mark.
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Great speech - all of it so true for artists... good for those graduates to hear it now, prepare, and know it's not personal.
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Just fun to share the detail of on one of the recent surfing images I posted....down the sharp hand and little water droplets around his board - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide)  #tamron   #socal   #nikond800e  
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Similar to when I drive through down Hwy 395 from Mammoth to Bishop thoughts of Galen Rowell come to mind, or when I look up toward Leaning Tower above Yosemite Valley and remember Dan Osman, now when I visit Taft Point, I'm sure I'll think of Dean Potter. Unlike Galen and Dan, I never had the pleasure of meeting him but was a fan of his adventures.

RIP amazing soul.
After Potter and Graham Hunt leapt off Taft Point, about 3,000 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley, they tried to clear a notch in the cliffs but smashed into the rocks.
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When it comes to photography, sunsets are a dime a dozen, too beautiful for us to pass up, but we often need that extra something to make them unique.  Here I caught a partial green flash over the Pacific in Laguna Beach. Green flashes are optical phenomena occurring at sunset or sunrise. It usually lasts a second or two, and occur because the atmosphere causes the light to separate into different colors, often enhanced by a mirage.

USA: California: Orange County: Laguna Beach: The green flash (or green rays) can be seen as the orange ball of the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide)   #sunset   #greenflash   #californiacoast   #lagunabeach   #greenrays  
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Best way to find all three of my Peachpit Press videos on The Nik Collection:
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Another great review of my book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography.  4.5 stars on Amazon out of 27 reviews:
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We may not be able to take care of these servicemen and women anymore but we sure can take care of the ones still alive. And we can honor the rest who gave their lives for us. #MemorialDay   (© Sean Arbabi | Arbabi Imagery - all rights reserved worldwide)
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Panning with my Tamron 150-600mm lens - love this beast of a lens.

USA: California: Orange County: Huntington Beach: Surfing at sunset in the Pacific Ocean near the Huntington Beach pier - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide)   #surfer   #huntingtonbeach   #surfcityusa   #socal   #visitcalifornia   #tamron  
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Posting another So Cal photo, and just wanted to share the amazing detail from my Nikon D800E DSLR - yes, that detail of some lights and a mural are barely a spec in the original image. Haven't got around to purchasing a D810 yet, but still very pleased with my current model.

USA: California: Orange County: Coastal views of Laguna Beach, the coastal mountains, and the Pacific Ocean at dusk as seen from Heisler Park (along Cliff Drive) - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #lagunabeach   #nikond800   #d800e   #california   #orangecounty  
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I created four different final looks of this Angel Island scene using the Nik Collection (Color Efex Pro and Analog Efex Pro).  If you're interested in how I did it, check out my three-series videos through Peachpit Press:

USA: California: Marin County: Angel Island: Camp Reynolds: Still life in the Bake House of a pot of lavendar and an old American flag  © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #peachpit   #colorefexpro   #analogefexpro   #google   #angelisland   #plugins   #photoshop  +Nik Collection by Google +Peachpit 
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  • Brooks Institute of Photography
    Commercial Photography, 1988 - 1991
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Commercial Travel Photographer, Author, Photo Expert, all around nice dude

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,, 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.

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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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    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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