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Sean Arbabi
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Lives in Danville, California
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I often capture images just because I see something there- whether it's the light, the subject, the composition, the angle, or a combination of these. On occasion, the light and contrast make them perfect for converting to black and white.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Late afternoon golden light falls on Nevada Fall (594 feet, 181 meters - a horsetail fall), Little Yosemite Valley, the Merced River; and the John Muir Trail, as seen from the Panorama Trail near Glacier Point - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #blackandwhite #nevadafall #california #sierra #sierranevada #mariposacounty
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Want to give an old film look to your images but not sure where to start?  Check out my series of Peachpit Learn By Video on Google's Nik Collection, especially the one on Color Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro, Viveza, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine:  (this image converted using Analog Efex Pro)

USA: California: San Francisco County: San Francisco: Fort Point: The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay at sunset (digitally altered using Analog Efex Pro 2 - Wet Plate 3) © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #analogefexpro #goldengatebridge #thenikcollection #peachpit #google
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I drew this when I was 6 1/2. You're welcome. #awesomeness
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I think it was a portrait of my mom actually- just saw the other day and it cracked me up.
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It's a joy to wander through nature, searching for  small gems, and the study of water is just one of many....

USA: California: Alpine County: South Lake Tahoe: Upper Truckee River: Colors from the riverbank in afternoon light reflect in the rushing waters - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #water #reflections #southlaketahoe #uppertruckeeriver #color
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Reworking an HDR scene I captured close to home, the wonderful oak woodlands along the western flanks of Mount Diablo at sunset.

USA: California: Contra Costa County: Mount Diablo State Park: The waxing gibbous moon rises at sunset over the Oaks and grasslands along the southwest flanks near the summit trail and Fossil Ridge - © Sean Arbabi | - all rights reserved worldwide #mountdiablo #california #contracostacounty #mtdiablo #hdr 
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Backpacking to Cloud's Rest to camp out for the night, my brother and I met this curious little creature, hopping on his boot while we ate lunch. He picked the frog up to move it off the trail a bit, and when I noticed the size contrast between his hand and the tiny frog, I had to take advantage of the photo op before releasing him/her.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Yosemite National Park:  Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) rests in the hand of a backpacker, along the trail to Cloud's Rest - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #frog #yosemite #california #sierranevada #pacifictreefog 
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So very tiny.....
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I have about 10 copies each of my how-to photography books (before I place another order). If you're interested in a signed copy, just visit my site and click on the blue "order a signed copy" button. I'll be glad to add a personal message for you or a friend if it's a gift!
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: text and photos by Sean Arbabi    •    THE BETTERPHOTO GUIDE TO EXPOSURE: text and photos by Sean Arbabi                                                         […]
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I was once told (by a 25 yr pro shooter) if he broke even with a client at least he was able to hike through a beautiful national park. I wholeheartedly disagreed. Just because Lebron James enjoys playing basketball doesn't mean he shouldn't be paid for his services.

We, as outdoor photographers, face many dangers- driving for hours late at night, spooking wildlife by accident, river crossings, the precarious cliff to capture a better composition, rough weather, lugging tons of heavy equipment, an occasional crazy person in the outback. In general, getting injured in any way while alone in a wilderness area.

Consider these things when you price your work, your services. Consider your overhead including your medical insurance and the normal wear and tear on your gear as well as your body. It's beautiful out there, but that beauty can kill you if you're not careful.
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Sometimes when you're capturing wildlife the best thing to do is just sit still, be patient, and let them come to you....even if you're wet and muddy from sitting in a meadow during a rainstorm.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Valley: Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus- also called Black-Tailed Deer) eating grass on an open meadow during a spring rainstorm © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #muledeer #photography #deer
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It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods -- trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra.  - John Muir

USA: California: Yosemite National Park: Conifer forest in Yosemite Valley near the banks of the Merced River in winter - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #trees #conifers #yosemitevalley #forest
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Timber is very proud to celebrate National Dog Day.

(© Sean Arbabi | - all rights reserved worldwide) #snapseed #iphone6 #nationaldogday #pitmix #pitbulllove
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A friend shared this with me today and I enjoyed it (since it's true).  :)  Hope you enjoy it too.  Happy World Photography Day!
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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.

All images © Sean Arbabi / - 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.
Commercial Travel Photographer, Author, Photo Expert, all around nice dude
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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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