On June 11th, I became the proud member of the BAPC, a group of extremely talented photographers. Check out the website here.

"The Bay Area Photographers Collective is grounded in the belief that there is a need for an institution devoted to the development of a photographic community and its concerns. The Collective provides a home base for Bay Area photographers devoted to their art. The Collective  promotes and encourages independence, experimentation, cooperation, and creativity. It  sustains a community of photographic artists through support, spiritual sustenance, encouragement, and constructive critique. It pursues the exhibition of members’ work on a professional level. The Collective is a nonprofit, cooperative organization that is wholly supported by its members, and does not rely on outside funding for its existence or day-to-day operations.

History In January 1999, a group of San Francisco Bay Area photographers, inspired and led by documentary photographer and teacher Frank Espada (1930-2014), met to create a community of photographic artists. 

Our first group exhibit took place October 1999 as part of San Francisco Open Studios, followed by four other group shows in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In April 2001, BAPC attained federal tax-exempt status.

We continue our active pursuit of photography by hosting monthly portfolio reviews, bimonthly salons, and frequent workshops, artist talks, and exhibition opportunities.

Currently, we comprise today 20 photographers, working in all aspects of the photographic arts."

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Updated: Jul 1

Follow me on a visit to Large Metal Prints in Pleasant Hill, CA. For 30+ years, three generations of Jon Lutz have been running this extra-professional, extra-friendly business where I have had my beautiful prints done since 2017.

I wanted to familiarize myself with the sublimation process, so I tagged along the printing of two of my latest photographs. I shot both images at the Valero Benicia Refinery in March, right at the start of the quarantine. The left one will get printed at 38"x72" and the right image at 38"x72". Large metal prints indeed!

The images are flipped horizontally and printed on high heat resistant sublimation clay paper with sublimation ink (1). The edges of the cut-to-size and pre-coated aluminum sheet are sanded (2). The Unisub ChromaLux metal sheets are imported from Kentucky. Once the orange protective film is peeled off, the aluminum sheet is blasted with pressured air for dusting (3).

The aluminum sheet is carefully lined up above the printed image (1). The image and the aluminum sheet are inserted in the heating press (2). The sheet is at room temperature and needs to be warmed-up before the sublimation process can start (3). Once ready, the sheet is infused with the paper's ink through 100 psi pressure and 400°F heat. The heat and pressure causes the sublimation inks to transform into a gas. The gas is then absorbed through the pores of the polymer coating of the metal and into the base coating. As the metal cools, the pores close and the metal surface stabilizes.

While the print is "cooking", the metal frame is assembled (1) and lined with extra-strong double-sided tape (2), which will firmly hold the print. The frame is 1.3" thick and comes in either brushed black, silver, or gold anodized aluminum. After about 4.5 minutes, the print is ready to be removed from the press (3). As the aluminum cools down, the coating's pores close, trapping-in the ink.

Once cooled off, the print gets a quick trim (1) and the edges are sanded (2). The print is then skillfully placed on the metal frame (3).

The double-sided tape is removed (1) and the print is ready (2). It then waits patiently in the studio (3) for a hanging wire. Rubber bumpers are applied to all four corners for wall stability. Once hung, the frame puts the print exactly 1.5" from the wall. Et voilà!

A HUGE thank you to both Jonny and Warren at Large Metal Prints for letting me buzz-around and talk their ear off while they worked.

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Updated: Jun 24

Family weekend trip to Pigeon Point :-)

Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. Its five-wick lard oil lamp, and first-order Fresnel lens, comprised of 1,008 prisms, was first lit at sunset, November 15, 1872. The lens stands 16 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter, and weighs 2,000 pounds. Now on display in the fog signal building, it sat in a lantern room constructed at the Lighthouse Service's general depot in New York before being shipped around the Horn. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using an automated LED beacon.

The coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Light Station are rich with life. Marine mammals, such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The inter tidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station, contains a diverse and numerous variety of plant and animal life.

Here is the picture I chose to edit for this post: the original non-edited picture on top and the final print-ready photograph  at the bottom.

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