06Nov

My upcoming ABC television segment

Thursday, December 3rd, I’ll be on The View From The Bay (my third time this year) doing a Photoguru segment on cool fun affordable gifts for your photo enthusiasts- perfect timing for the holiday season.


Come to the taping and watch it live, check it out on your boob tube, DVR it, Tivo it, VCR it (if you live in the 80s), or look for it on their website after Dec 3rd (if you don’t live in the area).


To check out the other two segments I did this year, go to:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=view_from_the_bay/consumer_finance&id=6914730

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=view_from_the_bay/everything_else&id=6674127

IF YOU WANT FREE TICKETS to the taping, go on their site or review the info below:

The View From The Bay | ABC KGO-TV, Channel 7
900 Front Street, San Francisco
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 3-4pm

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/channel?section=view_from_the_bay&id=5755208

Here’s the info from ABC KGO-TV:

I would like to extend a special invitation to Sean Arbabi’s friends, family and colleagues to be in our studio audience the day that he will be appearing on “The View From The Bay” Thursday Dec. 3rd, 2009.

Meet Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang and get a chance to see the behind the scenes of a live television broadcast. Tickets for the show must be reserved in advance. Audience doors open at 2:15pm with a cut-off time of 2:30pm, the show is live from 3-4pm.

To reserve your seats please call the ticket request line at (415)954-7733 or visit www.viewfromthebay.com and click on “be in our audience” and fill out a ticket request form. Or click on the link below to go to our online ticket request form. Simply fill out your information and press submit.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/feature?section=view_from_the_bay&id=6337461

Please be sure to note under “comments” if you are requesting a specific date to support someone scheduled to be on the show. We strongly encourage you to post this invitation and its contents on any blog or webpage that you host or participate in. Please pass this email on to any friends, family or colleagues who may be interested in being in our studio audience. You can also post an announcement on your webpage!

*Please note that all seats must be reserved in advance. Tickets that have been requested will be sent via an email confirmation with detailed instruction on where and when to arrive at the ABC studio. Also note that audience members come in a separate entrance and time than guests appearing on the show. If you are a guest on the show and you will be bringing your guests with you they will need to check in with me (Rachel Wyatt) by 2:30pm to be seated in the audience.

Rachel Wyatt/ Audience Coordinator: Rachel.Wyatt@abc.com


Hope to see you all there- thanks!

19Sep

Seattle at sunrise


Being a night owl, I’m not a big morning person- although as an nature and travel photographer, I’ve had to get up at dawn a ton of times to catch and photograph sunrise.


Sunrise not only has a wonderful quality to it with beautiful light, but air is usually cleaner and clearer.  And although the first 15 minutes waking up is painful, I’m always glad I did so when I get out there.

Last Tuesday before returning to the Bay Area from the Pacific Northwest, I was due to photograph one of Jimmie Hendrix guitars at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington- one he smashed during a performance (for a Via magazine article).  The problem was I needed to reschedule my flight and didn’t want to pay the change fee – so I headed to the airport with a friend at 6am, booked myself on stand-by for a noon flight, and headed back to downtown Seattle with another friend (who works in the financial district).

After catching a cab to the EMP (a wonderful music museum founded by Paul Allen) arriving there at sunrise, I had a few hours to kill so I decided to photograph the the Space Needle which stands right next to EMP.  The light was beautiful and clear, there were few people around, 
and I spent the next two hours playing around documenting some of the amazing architecture with a few of my wide-angle lenses.  

Here are some of the images captured that morning with my Nikon D200 digital SLR camera– images I didn’t plan on taking, but was able to get due to certain circumstances, my experience understanding light, as well as creative play with no particular goal in mind.  “Chance favors the prepared mind” as Ansel Adams once wrote.

26Feb

HDR, iPhone, Lightroom vs. Aperture, my life…

Another February blog/podcast discussing High Dynamic Range images, my iPhone (that I love more that life itself), as well as some comparison between Adobe’s Lightroom 1.3, and Apple’s Aperture.


Here’s a HDR photo captured up on Mt. Diablo State Park in the San Francisco Bay Area (Northern California) combining seven RAW image files to capture the 15-stop range from highlights to shadow detail.

Then I’ve included a screenshot of Adobe’s Lightroom software program displaying some of my images (all images © Sean Arbabi / Arbabi Imagery). 

In my podcast/ blog, I also share some upcoming assignments and plans in my photo business, as well as general thoughts and another fun quote.  Enjoy PhotoGuru-heads…

For more info on:
Sean & his photography: http://www.seanarbabi.com


Apple’s Aperture 2: http://www.apple.com/aperture

Adobe’s Lightroom: http://www.adobe.com/lightroom

Apple’s iPhone 8GB & 16Gb versions: http://www.apple/iphone

High Dynamic Range images: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/hdr


16Feb

Back in Podcast-land with info & updates




Finally jumping back into another PhotoGuru Podcast after being loaded down the past few months finishing a 65,000 word, 225-page book on Exposure.  It is due out later this year, entitled “The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure“, and published by Amphoto, a division of Watson-Guptill (now Random House)


It’s gonna be a great book, I’m very proud of it, and if you want to get a grip on photographic exposure, pick up a copy- I’ll also be glad to sign any copies if I run into you at a workshop, event, lecture, or book signing.

The book is up on Amazon.com for pre-orders @:
http://www.amazon.com/seanarbabi

or at Target:
http://www.target.com/BetterPhoto-Guide-Exposure/dp/0817435549

My blog/podcast is a shortie but a goodie as far as Podcasts go, with updates on my travels, shoots, workshops, and more.  I’ve also included two images tying into my podcast.  The first is a screenshot of Adobe Bridge, part of Photoshop CS3 and a place to view image files before opening them.

The second image is an older sunset image from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, near Yaki Point at the South Kaibab trailhead.  The original image was well-exposed, but the film could not handle the wide range from sunset highlights to shadow detail in the canyon, so I re-worked it in Photoshop CS3 to pull out more detail and a wider dynamic range of light.

Listen away folks- peace, love, and cashflow homies….



15Nov

Via magazine cover

Just wanted to share my Via magazine cover in their November/ December 2007 issue.  Via is the magazine for AAA (Automobile Association of America), one of the biggest travel magazines in the US (2-5 million circulation depending on the edition), but many aren’t as familiar with it since it’s not on newsstands.


I shot this image last September at dusk, using my medium format Fuji 680 III camera, at the Treebones Resort along the Big Sur coast (just north of the Hearst Castle by about 30 minutes).  These structures are called “Yurts” and are circular canvas tent-style cabins, rustic but very comfortable (with heaters, porches, windows and beds). I waited ’til after sunset when the ambient light of dusk balanced with the interior lights from the Yurts.  Using a wide-angle lens and a two-stop graduated neutral density filter, I set my f-stop to a small aperture around f/32 and clicked the shutter (probably around 2 to 4 seconds) using film- then created a high-resolution scan to turn it into a digital file.

The Treebones is a great place to get away from it all and watch Whales migrate up and down the California coast.  They also have offer wonderful dinner menu with great cooks.  Call 877-4-BIGSUR for reservations.