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Wave Crest and Surfing Seals. San Pedro Point. Pacifica. 2013. Click to order a print. Next Workshop :Death Valley in Winter January 11-14, 2014

Welcome to the January 2014 Edition of the Photography Newsletter.

We've been working on catching up after the holidays, and mapping out 2014, with a full workshop schedule and some long term projects undertaken. We're going to work hard to make it a good year. Sending you all New Years greetings.

This month's View From Here column discusses a new coastal trail and a virtual natural history project. We hope you find the column interesting and will consider sending us some comments. Our Tutorial Section reminds readers of our Tutorials online.



Sentinel Dome. Yosemite. 1997. Yosemite in Winter Workshop February 22-24, 2014.


Frozen Leaf and Ice Fracture, Merced River. Yosemite. 2013.
Yosemite in Winter Workshop February 22-24, 2014

Scholarships and Mentoring

As part of our ongoing commitment to photographic education, there is one student scholarship spot in many of our classes. Please pass the word along.

For discounted time studying with Steve, keep in mind our Mentoring Program.

With all of our busy schedules and limited budgets, destination workshops or classes become a challenge, but many of you still have questions you need answered, or feedback on some new work. We want to remind you of our Virtual Online Consulting Program. This service allows all of you out there around the globe to consult online live with Steve on technical, aesthetic and workflow issues using Skype and your webcam.

Our Essays and Tutorials from the past couple of years can now be found on Google Blogger.

We hope you can come by the gallery and see the new Panoramic Prints we've added to the National Parks Gallery, and the Exquisite Earth exhibition with its accompanying very special Exquisite Earth Portfolio 1. We invite you to join us on a workshop, rent lab space, or just say hello and let us know what you are up to photographically and what you might like to see us offer. We value your input.


Workshop Testimonials


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Foggy Dusk on Cliffs. Devil's Slide. 2013

Foggy Dusk on Cliffs. Devil's Slide. 2013
Canon 1Ds III

9x14 Pigment Inkjet Print on Cotton paper
$195 each. Purchase this print.

Out on the cliffs enjoying the soft light and we suddenly found ourselves covered in fog that rolled over us in moments. The fog moved faster than my photographic preparation, but as it started to clear back, the eerie light and reemerging surf was beautiful. A cold but wonderful moment.

2014 Workshop Schedule
Death Valley in Winter January 11-14, 2014
Basic Digital Camera Use Lecture January 21, 2014
Critique Session January 23, 2014
Fine Art Digital White Printing Hands-on January 25-28, 2014
Flora and Form Workshop February 6-8, 2014
Yosemite in Winter February 22-24, 2014.
Digital Photography Series: Introduction to Digital Photography Lecture. March 1, 2014
Coastal Journey: On California's Highway One March 15-16, 2014
Fine Art Digital White Printing Hands-on March 22-25, 2014
Digital Photography Series: Raw Photo Processing Day. April 19, 2014.
Pt. Lobos and Carmel. April 5-7, 2014
Guilin China  May 7-17, 2014

Digital Photography Series:
Photoshop Editing for tone and Color using Adjustment Layers with Selections and Masks. May 31, 2014

Raw to Print: Summer Digital Bootcamp June 2-6, 2014
Digital Photography Series: Beauty in Photography: Inspiration and Composition. June 14, 2014
White Mountains and the Full Moon. August 8-11, 2014 (in planning, email us)
Southwest Journey September 7-16, 2014
Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra October 11-14, 2014
Speaking Events (see below)

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San Pedro Rock. Pedro Point. 2013


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The complex upturned geology of San Pedro Rock continues to impress me. The sheer drama of its upheaval is classic revelation of this earth forming and reforming.

The late afternoon light and salty mist in the air didn't hurt one bit. But it is hard not to stay at the rock too long, tempting a return in the dark. The rock pulls you in, and doesn't easily let go.


Cove, Devil's Slide. 2014.

by Stephen Johnson

On the Edge

I write a lot about wandering around where I live. Of course, if you want to be making new work on a regular basis, a deep exploration of what is nearby is natural. Settling near the sea and San Francisco so long ago, now more than 35 years, was a choice to be in this landscape. The cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area has not always made that an easy choice. But part of the commitment to being here is working hard to engage in the place, and continue to appreciate this land.

It's one of the reasons I have been on the board of the Pacifica Land Trust for more than 10 years. I joined the board after helping with our successful acquisition of Mori Point for Golden Gate National Park. It's part of a deep and broad commitment to the land and the the preservation of natural environments.

Two very closely related places and events have concentrated that exploration on the south end of Pacifica, the Pedro Point Headlands and the Devil's Slide region immediately to its south.

New Trail and Grant

The new Tom Lantos Tunnel opened up on Highway One this year, bypassing Devil's Slide, a section of road of ongoing collapse into the ocean. The tunnel itself was the result of citizen action fighting back a freeway type cut over the Montara Mountain ridge line. The old Devil's Slide section of the highway is being transformed into a walking and bike trail.

Many of us have been driving through Devil's Slide for decades, marveling at the vistas out over the Pacifica, longing to stop and explore with very few options to do so on the narrow highway and parking restrictions. The new trail will be a gift to those of us in love with the view and become one of the more remarkable trails around. I had a chance to walk it last weekend and was amazed at all of the views I could now take in, that at best I only had glimpses of in the past.

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The Tunnel Opening and new trail is connected to the Pedro Point Headlands just to the north, where the Pacifica Land Trust has a management and restoration grant with the California Coastal Conservancy to prepare it for inclusion in Golden Gate National Park.

In 2013 the Pacifica Land Trust won a grant to create a virtual interpretive program in 2014 on the Pedro Point Headlands which my late friend Michael Black and I dreamed up a few years ago. I will be the Land Trust board member looking after the project.

If any of you have experience in mobile device web programming and want to help with the project, let me know.

So I find myself living within a few miles of a wonderful opportunity to build an online visual interpretive resource on a magnificent headland, connected to a brand new wondrous section of California's Highway One transforming into a trail.


Devil's Slide Tunnel Bridges. Pedro Point. 2014


The photographic possibilities abound. I will share some of that exploration in this column over the next few months as you have seen some of it already start to show up in last fall's Newsletter.



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Wave Pattern. 2014.

The motions of the sea have intrigued humans as long a we've had means of recording our observations, and likely long before that. The wonder of the rhythm, push and push back, the drag of the under-sand, the curl, the reflections continue to amaze me. The cliffs I live near provide some wonderful vistas to watch this earth dance from many different angles. Even after living here for decades, I continue to be drawn in, getting lost in the complexity, symmetry and sensuality of the patterns, sound and smell.

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Shady Cove and Sunlit Sea. Devil's Slide. 2014.


Devil's Slide Cliffs and Beach. 2014.

It is a little strange that after all of these years of passing by this place, I walk along now and see cliffs, rocks and vistas that I had no clear idea of what they looked like. It is truly a visual pleasure. When open to the public, this old highway turned new trail will be a great stroll for many.


Lichen and Ground Decay. Pedro Point. 2014.

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Vertical Layers. San Pedro Rock. 2014


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First Showing of "Life Form" Work

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Steve at his gallery with the first exhibited preview prints from his "Life Form" project. See the new 2014 Calendar below.

Consulting Programs and Speaking Events

Virtual Education: Our Virtual Consulting and Mentoring Program is working well. Readers of this Newsletter can still get a discount by mentioning this reference when you enroll.

Our One on One Program links you up with Steve at his bay area studio, or when he is on the road near you. Keep an eye on when Steve will be near your town.

Catch Steve Live: Steve will be speaking here and there over the next  few months, such as his up coming talks in Long Island, NY and Rockport, Maine.

  • Pacifica: At the Gallery
    Come by and talk with Steve about his ongoing Exhibitions of work on display
  • PFLI Photographic Federation of Long Island: April 27, 2013. 9:30am
    Suffolk County Community College
    Brentwood, Long Island, NY
  • Rockport Maine: July 1, 2014 7pm
    Artists Talk at the Maine Media Workshop


A Repeat Reminder from the December Newsletter of the Tutorials We Have Online



Previous Tutorial and Technique Posts

The Stephen Johnson Photography Gift Shop

Featured Product

2014 Pacifica Calendar

11x17 inches, wire bound vertical

$25 Click to Purchase

12 page wall Calendar featuring photographs from in and around Pacifica California which is home for Stephen Johnson Photography. Printed by Steve in his studio in very limited numbers on a color laser digital press.


2014 Life Form Calendar
11x17 inches, wire bound vertical

Click to Purchase

12 page wall Calendar featuring photographs from Steve's new flora work.

Printed by Steve in his studio in very limited numbers on a color laser digital press.





National Park Notecards

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National Park Color Notecard Set
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12 cards/envelopes $20 set

From "With a New Eye" Beautiful 300 line screen offset reproductions with envelopes in clear box. A great gift.




or call to order 650 355-7507



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